Life + Motivation
4 Actions You Should Do Every Day to Strengthen Your Gifts
The beginning of the new year brings on an inspiring adrenaline rush to suddenly become better than you were the year before. As the transition happens, many of us pray for protection, peace, and prosperity for the new year. Or guidance in dream living, gift-giving, and purpose fulfilling due to a not-so-ideal reality.
I, too, prayed for those things, as well as others, and felt pretty optimistic about receiving them. It wasn’t until recently that God reminded me through studying that even though it’s rewarding to fulfill my purpose and share my gifts, the two have less to do with me and more to do with others.
Lord, what do you mean?
Being a single mother who has a creative, entrepreneurial appetite, I must admit that this was a hard pill to swallow initially. Still, 1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” In understanding this, it’s clear that I must feed my spirit God’s word consistently and allow that to guide how these gifts and talents are used. I’ll be sharing 4 easy ways to strengthen your gifts through everyday actions.
The greatest gift known to man is love (1 Corinthians 13:13). Because of God’s love, we were redeemed and given a second chance at salvation and an abundant life. When we love God with our entire hearts, it becomes easy to love others. Showing love, even to those who we think don’t deserve it, not only pleases God, but shows silent
observers the power of God working through us. In turn, others will be brought to Christ.
Forgiving someone is less about what they did to you and more about how easily you’ll forgive them for it. Matthew 18:21-35 teaches us about forgiveness. When Peter asked Jesus how often we should forgive those who sin against us, Jesus replied, “seventy-seven times,” and proceeded with a parable about the unmerciful servant. Forgiving others will give you courage, clarity, and most importantly freedom on who you are and what your purpose is.
Listening is not only wise, but is a form of compassion. In my experience, when you allow others to speak from their heart, whether if it’s to vent, ask for forgiveness, or to seek clarity on misunderstood events, they feel a sense of relief and build trust in you. The Bible talks about listening several times, especially in the book of Proverbs. In fact, Proverbs 18:13 says, “He who answers before listening — that is his folly and his shame.”
Your Circle / Surroundings
Who you surround yourself with can play a big part in how far you will advance in life. For years, we’ve heard sayings such as ‘If you hang around five broke people, you’ll become the sixth.’ I believe this, and many of the other sayings to be true. I’d like to add one to the ring and say that, ‘Who you surround yourself with can determine how bright your light shines.’ In other words, iron sharpens iron, so do your best to circle around you people who are strengthening their gifts daily. – A