There are many things throughout my life that others have pointed out that I am unaware. Sometimes there are good things, and I'm sad to say, sometimes it is things or behaviors that are undesirable. Those least admirable observations are usually reserved and revealed by family members and very close friends. All in all, people are observing you all of the time, unless they are self-consumed and oblivious to the thoughts and feelings of those surrounding them.
In every case, I find it surprising!
So, I began to think about this revelation...and saturated it with intensity and a deeper level of musing.
- What are others noticing about me that I am displaying with no reserve... because I am unaware? In other words, what do I display without reserve?
- What attribute(s) do they see?
- What measure of quality do I provide?
- What is my level of sincerity or commitment?
- Am I wholehearted or half-hearted in things I do, say, listen to, or in how I respond?
- Am I living each day in a manner that makes others want to be around me or push away from me?
God has given us each our own personal gift, uniquely designed for just us. We act in it or work through it often without even realizing it. Like my decorative color red, it comes naturally from the depths of our makeup. Others, take delight and seek to nurture it. They try to help grow it, display it, and group it within a place that enhances it's beauty and share it with other like objects. Just like Kaleigh giving me the red tray to match my house, meet a need, and surprise me with her thoughtfulness. She saw something of me that I didn't see in myself. She was sensitive and observant!
The other perception could be viewed as this:
We can deny what others see and reveal to us. I assuredly exclaimed that there was little red in my house! When the facts were laid out, I was ashamed that 1) I didn't believe her or what she saw 2) I was oblivious to my own design 3) I was a little insensitive to her wanting to add to my decor and probably not as thankful as she anticipated me to be!
How in the world could I do___________(fill in the blank)...there are others more qualified or "gifted."
Unfortunately, I am also often oblivious to my own design that God has created within me. Of course, living and responding from a natural obliviousness keeps us humble, but how much richer and full would our lives be if we intentionally worked in our gift instead of always trying to discover what it actually is? Let me challenge you. Know who you are! Know whose you are! Know that what He gives you is personal and from a heart of love. It is intended so that you are better equipped to bring Him glory and lead others toward Him. That's the bottom line!
As I look back and think about her anticipating my response and thankfulness, likewise, I wonder if the Father awaits our reaction in the same way…with joy and excitement at what He has uniquely picked for us?!
What God has gifted you with is not for you to hide away or never discover. It is given for you to build up the body of Christ. Let it pop like the color red! Vibrant. Rich. Courageous! Exercise it, nurture it, protect it and use it only as He has intended. I love to see someone using or wearing a gift that I have given them. It confirms to me that it they are thankful and delighted to have it. Shouldn’t we think of gifts from the Father in the same way?
17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no variation or [a]shifting shadow.
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