As a pastor’s wife, mother, grandmother, and high-school teacher, I wear a lot of different hats. You could say I have at least 2 full-time jobs, one inside the home and one outside the home, not to mention all the extra-curricular activities that are involved. I’m sure you can all relate to what I’m saying. Even if you’re not a wife or mother, you may be overwhelmed at the responsibilities of your job and feel as though you never get a moment of peace. As women, we seem to be juggling so many balls at the same time that sometimes, (when we’re not basking in love and appreciation), we are left wondering “What do I have left to offer God?”
So grab a cup of coffee and listen up! God has blessed each of us by giving us our own special talents and He wants to develop those talents for His glory, if we’ll just trust in Him. Sometimes we get so caught up in our normal routines and daily responsibilities that we forget to acknowledge our opportunities to serve God when we’re taking care of our families or when we go to our jobs every day. Too often we forget to enjoy the simple moments because we think there’s going to be more time for fun and laughter when we get this last load of clothes folded. You may be a young mom or have grown children, or you may be a mother-figure to your nieces and nephews; but wherever you are in this moment of your life, God has given you a special gift to serve others right where you are. Besides, our gifts and talents sometimes change from season to season because life is an ongoing process. In the following scriptures, Peter and Paul speak of some of the special gifts that God has given us:
- “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4: 10-11)
- “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)
There are different kinds of service to others, but they should all be done for the glory of the Lord. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect, but He does want us to use the talents and special gifts He has given us at this very moment in our lives. In five years, He may give us a different talent. We don’t need to question whether or not we’re going to be “good at it” because He’s going to equip us. What’s more, we should be thankful for people whose gifts are different from our own because it would be too difficult for one person to implement all the gifts that Peter and Paul were describing. We just have to trust God and be willing to be used by Him. With God working through us, we can reach so many people for His glory, including our children, our husband, our friends and neighbors, and even those people we see in the grocery store. May GOD use YOU to further His kingdom!