You sparkle like a snowflake.
I have a dear friend who lifts me up no matter the circumstances. She stands by me no matter the situation and plain and simple understands me. We were talking about spiritual gifts after church the other day and she was downhearted because she didn’t feel she had anything to give and she was struggling to see where her spiritual gift(s) lie. The truth was perfectly obvious to me about her gifts but I wrestled with how to get her to see the truth.
Let’s look at what the Bible says about spiritual gifts. 1Corinthians 12 says that the Holy Spirit gives us gifts or special abilities to use to attend to the needs of other believers. It should be noted that the real purpose of our gifts, no matter what they may be, is to lift up and minister to other believers. Though some of these gifts like writing, singing, etc can be used in the world to make us rich and famous, or to bring glory to ourselves, their first and really only purpose we should strive for is to use our gifts to minister to other believers and bring glory to God.
So how do you find what your spiritual gifts are? I found spiritual gift tests online you could take, books you can read, even programs and group studies that you can participate in.
There are several places in scripture that list spiritual gifts, Romans 12: 6, 1 Cor 12:8, Ephesians 4:7-12, 1 Peter 4:11, to start. I do not think that these lists are meant to be a ‘choose the one that fits you best list,. N a check all that fit you list and then go do it whether it fits, feels good and you are good at it kind of list. I think that instead of a menu it is more like a place to start, a list to think and pray over.
I truly believe that God wants to use your personality and uniqueness in a way that is true to only you and is duplicated in no on else. We quite possibly and most probably have more than one spiritual gift that is mixed and measured to be used by us personally in a way that cannot be duplicated by any other.
We are kind of like snowflakes in that they all originate from the same circumstances but fall to earth distinctly different and each quite beautiful in their own right. So it is with God’s children, we all have gifts that originate from Him but by the time they fill us they are unique to us and distinctly and uniquely beautiful.
So it doesn’t matter if we can write about what matters to God, or sing about it, photograph it, paint it or if our gift is a simple as a hug, or to be able to lift shattered spirits, to stand by a friend no matter what or to be able to offer a heartfelt “I understand” ………………whatever the gift is that God has bestowed on you , it is a beautifully unique gift given to a beautifully unique you. No one else can use the gift that God has given you quite like you can.
Your gift may no be apparent to you my friend, but it shines all around you.
……………………and so I ride