My husband loves to sing. He’ll croon along with a jingle during a commercial break. Or duet with a singer on the car radio. Or hum a Disney tune while working on his computer. He always fills our house and makes me smile with his adorable melodies.
His adorable off-key melodies.
Because as much as my husband loves to sing, he can’t and he knows it. (Disclosure: I actually love his voice, tone deafness and all, but he informs me that I have biased eardrums.) He said if he had the ability to sing well, to gracefully and expertly harmonize, to vocalize like an old Bruno Mars or a new Luther Vandross, he’d sing everywhere at all times. Nothing on Earth would keep him from using his gift.
But sometimes, we do fail to use our God given gifts wisely. It’s not that we squander them on meaningless activity. Or that we spread their influence too wide, eventually depleting their effectiveness. What we end up doing is the worst thing possible.
We bury our gifts and don’t use them at all.
“But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.… Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that You are a hard man, harvesting where You have not sown and gathering where You have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid Your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to You.’” –Matthew 25:18,24- 25 (NIV)
God has poured into each of us a startling variety of skills, passions, sensitivities, and abilities for His purpose. And He doesn’t want them back in mint condition or with blankets of dust from inactivity. They’re to be shared and used for encouragement, for comfort, for worship, and for help. We are to spread our gifts lavishly and without fear.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”-Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)
Proper stewardship of what God has gifted you to do requires responsibility and action. Have you buried or hidden something that the Lord has given you? Today is a good day to dig it up.
Hi, there! My name is Jennifer. I’m 32 and live in the D.C. area. I love Jesus, R & B music, and sugar in all its forms :-). In June 2016, I married my amazing husband, Calvin. I was completely single and waiting throughout my entire twenties. So I know the prayers, fears, and tears that come with prolonged singleness very well. I am excited to share my story and encourage single women who are waiting for God’s best!