What Happens When You Use Your Gifts

There are some moments in life when I can’t help but see God. It’s the feeling I had when the doctor placed my son in my arms for the very first time. It’s the same feeling I have when I see an incredible sunset or a bird building a nest on my back deck. Maybe those moments are different for you, but I bet you have them, too. You’re watching something perfectly normal and can’t help but see God. Everything about that moment of creation points to the Creator.

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in church during the worship time when it happened again. I couldn’t help but notice a woman who was singing in the band. She was beautiful, her voice was beautiful, and her worship was beautiful. As she shined on stage, I couldn’t help but see God. In that moment, she was using the gifts God gave her, and it was a blessing to me and everyone in church. You couldn’t look at her and not see God!

It was a perfect example of one of my very favorite passages:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14–16 (NIV)

Do you get that, friend? When you step into your gifts, when you serve people, when you shine, people see God!  So, when you sing or dance or bake a beautiful cake, you’re not only offering the world your talent or cake, you’re showing God to them!

I don’t know about you, but that helps me step into my gifts, walk onto the stage, or write the words on the page with less hesitation, doubt and fear and a lot more passion, confidence and conviction. Because it’s not just a speaking event or a blog for me; it’s an opportunity for people to see God. And it’s not just a product, service, or talent for you; it’s an opportunity for God to show Himself to the world through you. So push past your fear, shake off the haters, get over your doubts, and do the things God created you to do. You’re not only serving people with your gifts—you’re showing God to them. And business or hobby, paid or unpaid, I can’t think of any more important work that any of us could be doing. So get out there and shine!


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