A Call to Action
I was awakened by the kill joy sound of my alarm. I stretched and began to murmur words of thankfulness to God for the many blessings in my life. In the midst of my murmuring, that still, small voice penetrated my heart and simply called me to show my gratitude. I sat up and looked around for a moment. Stumped I began pondering the meaning of what my heart was stirred to act on. “Show my gratitude? How?” I whispered.
A Connection Through Memories
My wondering mind took me down memory lane. I thought about the time my dad worked diligently to find his little girl a puppy just because I wanted one. After several trips to the animal shelter, I claimed my new friend and I gladly thanked my dad for him. We brought him home and then the real work of becoming a pet owner began. The little guy had big needs, such as feeding and watering, training and spending time with him. For as long as I had him, he required lots of my attention. I realize now how my spoken words of a simple thank you to my dad, simply, wasn’t enough. I had to put action with those words; If I had not my parents would have been forced to find another home for my puppy.
The same scenario presented when my parents surprised me with a new bicycle. I hadn’t asked for one but they decided to purchase one for me anyways. Once again, I thanked them sincerely with a happy heart. What do you suppose would have happened if I had parked that bicycle and never learned to ride it? I imagine my parents would have been sad and felt I didn’t like their gift even though I was filled with excitement and joy the day they gave it to me. I now know what they wanted was to watch me enjoy their gift. As a parent myself, I understand how important it is to be attentive when our children want something or want to be a part of something. I also know, as a parent, how far we will go to see that something happen in the lives of our children. It’s no different with our Heavenly Father, with the exception, God knows how to give good gifts.
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10
God gives us spiritual gifts as well as meeting our everyday needs with all the essentials plus so much more than we deserve. His gifts are met for us to share for the benefit of others. He never met for us to hoard or keep them for ourselves. He simply ask us to share from the abundance of what He so freely gives. He wants us to use our gifts and blessings to further His kingdom. Use what is given to teach, to meet needs, to bless, to encourage, or to serve others. If you need help discovering your spiritual gifts, read 1 Corinthians 12:1-12 or you can take a survey at Team Ministry Spiritual Gifts Survey.
“For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” James 2:26
We are not promised it will be easy but, oh so rewarding it is. It took work to meet the needs of that puppy but, oh the fun we had together. It took work to learn to ride that bike but, I sure did enjoy the ride and the benefits of the coordination skills I gained are still rewarding me today. If we become inattentive with the gifts and resources God has given us, we may miss opportunities to show God’s grace and unconditional love to others. I don’t know about you, but I sure hate the thought of missing out on eternal rewards for the lack of attentive actions while I have the opportunity to do something. That’s pretty much it in a nutshell, do something! I urge you to pay attention to the things you are thankful for and then show, don’t tell, your gratitude! God bless.