The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
Chapter 32 ~ Using What God Gave You
In this Chapter, Warren teaches that we are to cultivate the gifts that we have been blessed with by God. It is not for us to choose what gifts we have or to worry about those we don’t. God has blessed us all with the abilities needed for our gifts, it is our responsibility to perfect them.
It is important that we Discover Our SHAPE and this can be done through a series of steps:
Begin with accessing your gifts and abilities. Think about what you are good at, ask others what they think your spiritual gift(s) is, try new things. Through exploration we will find out gifts that best serve our God.
As we grow in our gifts it is important that we try new things. If we find we are not good at something it shouldn’t be viewed as a failure, but an “experiment.” We can perfect our gifts at any time through life, but it is important to discover the areas of our ministry that fulfill us, challenge us and allow us to grow in our walk with Christ.
Consider your heart and your personality. Our interest will dictate our gifts. If someone were to ask me if I felt one of my spiritual gifts was to serve on the Church Finance Committee I would not just say NO, but yell it!
However, when I am asked to serve in a hospitality role, or creative role I will often accept. I know where my heart is and what my personality is drawn to. Accounting… NO Parties, receptions, productions YES!
Examine your experiences and extract the lessons you have learned. Self-evaluation is a good thing. Much like a work review, it is often important to look back on our life experiences and see what lessons we have learned. When my mother died, many people showed me tremendous compassion. The love I received from that experience allowed me to pass it along to others. A spiritual gift developed through experience.
As important as it is to discover our SHAPE, it is just as important to accept and enjoy our SHAPE!
When I am good at something I usually find that I enjoy it. That is important. An acceptance and enjoyment of the gifts we have been given from God is vitally important to our role as Christians.
Only in the last five years have I found that I truly ENJOY writing. I enjoy the process, the creative outlet and the abilities that I have been given. While I am not a great writer, I do think God has given me the abilities to express and pass along thoughts in a way that are easy to understand. If I continue to hone my skills, as a writer, I will improve. God will bless my talents and one day I may actually BE a great writer… I have a LONG way to go, but a year ago if you told me I would be writing a daily recap for Lent 2012, I would have laughed in your face.
Once we have discovered, accepted and began to enjoy our SHAPE, there is just one thing to do. Keep developing our SHAPE!
Much like my recent paragraph about writing, it is important that we develop our SHAPE in life. It can take years, but through practice, perseverance and exploration we will develop into the person God created us to be.
THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE
Point to Ponder: God deserves by best.
Verse to Remember: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV)
Question to Consider: How can I make the best use of what God has given me?