God Has Given Me A Gift

God has given me a gift.

In 1 Peter 4:10, the Bible says “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others as faithful stewards of God’s grace.”

My gift is teaching.

I have taught in one capacity or another for over 29 years. My first teaching experience was leading my fellow high school students in Bible study. I’ve taught 1st grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade. I’ve taught teachers, and when I was a principal, I taught fellow principals.

The most important teaching assignment has been teaching my children: teaching them about God, and teaching them about life.

My scariest teaching assignment, well, I’m in the middle of that! It’s teaching through my writing. Several years ago, God laid it on my heart to reach others for Him through my writing. He guided me one small step at a time. First, devotionals for church. Then, I started a blog. I wrote a book proposal, and attended a writing conference for Christian women. Now, I stand at the threshold of even more:

I am about to self-publish my first book, a prayer journal.

I’m amazed at everything that is involved! I need a company name, and a tax ID number. I’ve had to talk to an accountant and an attorney. I’ve hired a marketing team. Friends…I’m completely out of my comfort zone!

But, I know this…God is directing my steps, and it’s up to me to walk in obedience. And it’s scary.

What are your gifts from God? A friend of mine once said, “When you say you don’t have any gifts from God, it’s like you are calling Him a liar.”

Pray about your gifts, and be willing to use them to glorify God and His kingdom. It’s not always going to be easy, but it’s totally worth it!

Jill Power

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