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Topic: WASTE (10/11/18)
TITLE: Don't Deny It
By Donna Martelli
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My gift is dance. Your gift is most likely something different than mine, but I believe this testimony will help anyone who desires to live for Jesus. No matter that we are “different” or miles away from everyone else, we must keep on developing and using our gifts.
It is my desire that the following will encourage you to give all your gifts back to Jesus that He may use you in your divine calling.
There was a time when I felt ashamed of my gift and just wanted to fit in with everyone else. It is when we go after things other than our particular gifts that we waste time and resources. I had to face the fact that I was a “man pleaser” and in trying to maintain my comfort zone, I missed what God wanted. The Holy Spirit nudged me when I attended “Art from the Heart”, a conference on ministering arts. He gave me a visual example of what He required of me: a ballerina giving everything she had as she worshiped Him with her gift!
With blazing clarity, I new I had to use my gift to glorify God, in church (always in submission to my pastor), out of church, when it is a planned part of the program and choreographed or when it is simply a heart response to Jesus, no matter what “they” think. It is the vehicle that He has given me to speak to others and where He speaks to me. My eyes were opened as I saw things, physically, really with my eyes, that had been in my heart for years.
Denying the gift that He put within me, always being ashamed and timid about it because it is “different”, trying to hide who God made me to be is SIN. It affects all areas of my life. Because I am not in the right place, I am not operating on full power. It is a waste!
So “they” won’t understand it or even like it! “They” may totally reject it, yet liberty comes in obedience. It is strange how things work out to be so different than how we thought they would be. Who would have known that my liberation would be found in using the gift that He gave me?
He let me know that my decision to be a ballerina was not just the desire of a 10-year-old girl. The gift and the calling were established in me before the foundation of the world. That’s why my training was so total and so excellent. That is why I saw the bad and the good in the dance world. That is why I went so far with it. He put it all in me before I ever knew Him.
Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father who created all the lights in the heavens. He is always the same and never makes dark shadows by changing. James 1:17 CEV
Thank God for your gift, continually develop it and dedicate it to Him. Is Jesus your Savior from sin and your Lord Whom you obey? If not, let Him be just that. Then, rejoice and waste no more time and energy on the things that don’t matter.
Pray with me:
Father let everyone who reads this testimony be encouraged to actively pursue their gifts and walk in their callings. Help us all to be strong in You and to know You better every day! Thank You for the gift that you have given to me. I dedicate it to you this day and I look forward to the amazing things that you will do with it! In Jesus’ Name, amen.
This is a true testimony. The author is a former professional ballerina.
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