Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Embrace Your Gifts

'Female Soloist' photo (c) 2011, SteFou! - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

I was sitting in church excited, because one of my friends was about to sing. I didn't know she could sing!

She was in the choir, but you don't really have to be able to sing to be in the choir ;). I read in the bulletin that she was doing a solo. I whispered a quick prayer in my head for her before it was her turn.

She opened her mouth....and... it was GOOD!

After church when she walked past me, I stopped her and told her what a great job she did. I was really impressed with her gift. She just smiled, said thanks and shrugged off my compliment.

In that moment I wasn't sure if she thought I didn't mean it.

But now I'm pretty sure it's because as Christian women, we tend to shrug off compliments. Afraid for them to be true because we might get all prideful and deflect glory from God to us.

Since then I've noticed other women doing the same and have even caught myself doing it as well.

Pretending our gifts don't exist....

What kind of bull is that?!

I have another person in my life that says they don't have time for dreams. They just want to be able to work, provide for their family and have a good/easy life.

But actually choosing to understand and embrace who you are is one of the most unselfish things you can do because it maximizes your ability to serve others and bring glory to God. (Holley Gerth, Opening the Door to your God-Sized Dream)

Maybe that is their dream, being able to provide for their family. And that's more than OK and very important.

When we talk about God-sized dreams all we are really talking about is wanting more of what God has for you in your life.
More of Jesus, more of what He's created you to be, more of what He's calling you to do.(Holley Gerth, God-sized Dream)
We are each made with specific gifts and ways of talking and doing things. Use that uniqueness, that weirdness, or whatever to bless those around you.

I think it's one of the best ways we can serve God.

Now, when someone says good job, I'm trying to stop the initial reaction to say it's no big deal, and simply say thank you.

I'm thanking God for the gifts he's given me and I'm hoping that each day I'm making him proud in how I'm using them.

How about you?




Joining my dream sisters as we talk this week about Embracing Our Gifts and Soli deo Gloria



10 comments :

  1. I usually hate compliments because I don't know how to respond! Like if someone compliments me on an outfit I will tell them how cheap I got it for. My dad used to tell me that I shouldn't do that...that it was ok to say Thank You...but it can be hard! ;)

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    1. Me too!!! Why is it so hard to just say "thank you"?

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  2. I totally love this! (have yet to read any of your posts I don't love!) :) I just relate so much with this! Thank you for calling us ladies out on the carpet-for recognizing how we struggle to embrace compliments & our gifts! Thank you for pointing us to Jesus as we identify & use our gifts for His glory! You are such a gift to me, friend!! Thank you! ♥

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    1. Thank you, Satin! It must be a girl thing, this inability to accept compliments. I'm hoping we can fully embrace who God made us-quirks and all, and be fully thankful for them.

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  3. Love this! I think you nailed it...it's so true that in a Christian circle, it almost seems wrong to accept a compliment. Enough of that...I'm ready to embrace what He's given me and use it for Him! :) Blessings to you, friend...hope you're having a great week! (((hugs)))

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  4. Hi Alecia,

    It's nice to be here again. This is refreshing to process the difference between thanking God for our gifts, wanting to use them for him, and the temptation to otherwise shrug it off, or deny. The line: "When we talk about God-sized dreams all we are really talking about is wanting more of what God has for you in your life." was exciting to me tonight. Good reminders, huh?

    Blessings on the God-sized dreams in your life too! May he bring them out more and more, for his glory, and delighting in seeing them in you. :)

    Jennifer Dougan
    www.jenniferdougan.com

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