Do you have a gift from God? Do you know what that gift is? Are you using your gift? Have you ever stopped using your gift? I have. But Iím trying to use it again. Why? you may ask. Because if Iím not using my gift from God, then Iím disobeying him. He gave each of us a gift to use for his glory, honor, and praise. Let me tell you my story.
I began playing piano for Church at the age of 12. It was my desire then, as now, to serve the Lord. At the age of 18, I began to have the desire to sing specials at Church. I didnít know much about singing, other than I am an alto. My mother was soprano. So I asked her to sing with me. We sang together until she was no longer able to due to Alzheirmerís.
Then I began to sing with a friend. By this time, I had learned how to place the songs in lower keys so I could sing by myself, which I did from time to time. Then my parents died. I felt like my whole world had fallen apart. Have you ever felt this way? Iím sure everyone has at one time or another. I stopped obeying God through specials. I continue to play for Church, but for so many years, there was just too much pain when singing specials.
Though I continued to play for Church and sing with the congretation, I no longer sang specials. Then couple years ago, the Lord used a visiting preacher to speak to me. I needed to use my gift of singing specials. I sang specials couple times a month. But I let another trial hinder me, and I stopped singing again. Again, the Lord spoke to me couple weeks ago through my pastor, rebuking me for not using my gift of singing specials.
You see, I havenít sang this whole year. I allowed the devil to distract me with other trials. So yesterday, I practiced. Let me go back some. One of my excuses for not obeying God was the fact my piano is old. Itís out of tune, plus other things wrong with it. I tried using sound tracks. I scratched them to where I couldnít use them. So I sat down at the piano at home and practiced. I picked up a song that Iíve had for years, but never sang as a special.
I sang it last night. As i practiced, I began to praise God. For you see, I had begun to feel like I had lost my passion for music. I have felt for so long that I was just going through the motions with my music.
Whenever i would think about writing blogs, and I researched them, the message was always the same. And my thoughts were always the same. Iím no loger passionate about anything. As I write this blog, I realize that I havenít lost my passions. I just let the cares of this world bring me down.
What are my passions?, you ask. Music and God. I now have a peace about serving God.
What are your passions? What are your gifts? As my pastor says, all of us have a gift from God. The question is, are you exercising your gift?
Please let God speak to your heart. If youíre exercising your gift for the Lord, then great. If not, please search you heart; talk to God. He will give you the strength and courage to follow through with gift.