Do not neglect the gift that is in you.
Ouch. I have been so focused on my need of encouragement that I have neglected the gift to put the focus on me. The word here is to do the thing regardless. Do it regardless of my feelings, my reward, or my state of mind.
Do the thing.
Ironically, in Rocky VI, God drove a point home to me. There is a great part where Rocky says,"It isn't about how hard you hit, but how many hits you can take and keep moving forward." My hits are discouragement and attack. If I neglect the gift in me, I cease moving forward. I am stagnant. I am salt that is tasteless. What if I learn to position myself in such a way that my attacker's hits hardly phase me. I would be a formidable foe. It would be a fight woth seeing.
The last word I was given was the Word I am to offer everyone I come into contact with. I realized this after some time viewing some raunchy pride. This person was taking credit for telling someone to go to a counselor (so much so that you would think they counseled them and healed them). We are tempted to brag about our spiritual gifts. I also heard someone talk about how especially discerning they were the other day. I will be honest, I wanted to throw up. I do not come to this from an innocent place. I have been more prideful than most I know. I offer you this Word completely broken. I offer it to you because most of us are so self absorbed that we could never truly serve anyone.
Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use. -1 Timothy 4:14 The Message
Keep it in use. No matter what the enemy hits you with.
Keep moving forward.
Stephanie - I needed a Word and God provided through you. Thank you for contributing so much to me and to countless others - I love you!
I am praying deep spiritual encouragement for you right now.
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