“Do you know that I am awesome? That I am amazing?” These were the words the speaker began with, as she addressed the children who’d gathered at the front of the church to hear their sermon.
“Do you know why I am awesome?” she continued. “Because God says I am.” The point of her sermon was that because of the way God made us and gifted us, we are all awesome; however, no one will know how awesome we are unless we do something with what we’ve been given.
I don’t know how much the children needed that little pep talk but I needed it. I grew up believing it was wrong to talk about my accomplishments because “you are not supposed to blow your own horn.” Also, I interpreted Scriptures that talked about self-denial to mean that I must quietly remain in the background and wait for someone else to discover that I have something to offer.
If we do nothing with our gift, if we hide it, then we will be cheating others who would benefit from it. We need to “fan into flame” the gift God has given to us. (2 Timothy 1:6)
I am sharing my poems because I don’t want to hide the gift God has given me. Do you have a gift that you are hiding? Someone needs it. I hope that this year you will gain the courage to share your gift. I hope you will be a risk-taker and . . .
Try something different Try something new Try something you’ve been wanting to do
Take the first step Make an attempt It doesn’t have to be written in cement
You can be flexible You can make changes Learning occurs most often in stages
Try something different Try something new Do what the Spirit has been calling you to
Trust in the Father Rely on the grace Given by Jesus who stood in your place
Move out with courage Do it with zest You don’t have to be perfect Just give it your best!
This year, I will be posting poetry or song lyrics which I’ve written in the past or am currently writing. This is the easiest, most enjoyable, and possibly the most effective way for me to express my heart and mind.
I think my poetry speaks for itself. So without further explanation, here is my poem for this week.
Choosing God means choosing prayer, Not for a few minutes in the morning But periodically and intentionally going there Throughout the day, throughout the night.
Choosing God means choosing grace Placing my confidence in him—in Jesus, In his ability to direct and correct me By his Spirit, through his Word.
Choosing God means choosing truth Seeking it, loving it, owning it, Internalizing his word, digesting it, Adjusting to it— renovating my brain.
Choosing God means choosing action, Standing against lies of the evil one, Never passively accepting them, Standing up for others, helping them stand.
Choosing God means choosing pain, Saying “goodbye” to some people, Some positions, some profits I could gain, Seeing all pleasures inferior to Christ.
Choosing God means choosing joy, Moving forward in my pursuit of him, In my desire to know him, to become like him, Doing it intentionally, willingly, constantly.
Choosing God means choosing love, Learning from him what that is, Loving him, loving myself, loving others, Every sister, every brother, rejecting no one.
A dear friend gave me this journal, which I started using this morning. At the top of each page, there is a Scripture verse on which to focus. The verse for today, January 1, is from the Old Testament book, Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
The following poem is my response to this promise from God. Perhaps you may want to use it as your prayer. Or better yet, read the Scripture and write your own prayer response.
The meaning of the word “prosperity” in this text refers to our total well-being, based on the original Hebrew word “shalom”. (Thanks to my husband for his contribution, here.)
I thank you, Lord, for morning light For peaceful sleep throughout the night, For all your goodness this past year, And hope to face the one that’s here.
Lord, I believe you are honest; I can depend on your promise. Prosperity will come to me, If I obey you, every day—
Acknowledging my need for you, In everything I plan to do. In all my ways and all my days I want my works to bring you praise.
I will receive your wise instruction, Listen to your kind correction, Joyfully, do the things you show me Faithfully, write the words you give me
I thank you, Lord, for morning light For peaceful sleep throughout the night, For all your goodness this past year, With hope, I face the one that’s here.