“There are different kinds of gifts. But it is the same Holy Spirit Who gives them. There are different kinds of work to be done for Him. But the work is for the same Lord.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NLV)
Suzie Eller wrote a blog on crosswalk.com that made me start to seriously think about my “gifts”… She talks about her Pinterest frenzy and how she tried all kinds of things. Then on day her daughter after surveying her efforts said “Mom, you need to know your sweet spot and this isn’t it”. YIKES! How many times do we try things in an effort to be something we aren’t…
WOW! Those people pleaser efforts come flooding back…Each of us are designed differently on purpose so that we can come together to make a whole. So, what is your sweet spot? How has God gifted you for His purposes?
This is a question that I struggle with because although I know that I have gifts and talents, Doubtful Debbie comes a knocking just when I think I ams making strides. Here are a few of my sweet spots:
- Writing. I have learned that writing is my greatest sweet spot. Whether it is grants, poetry, blogs – I love to write. It is my hope that I can inspire others through my strengths, hopes and experiences.
- Cooking and having people around my table. I don’t do this as much as I would like anymore but I LOVE cooking and sharing it with friends and family. Can’t bake worth a darn so I will leave that up to the talented bakers.
- Crafty. I know my limits so I am not going to knit or crochet anything. I can sew – making clothes, doll clothes, crafts and more through the years. Needlecrafts – like plastic canvas that inspires.
God can use these sweet spots for His purposes. In a devotion like this. God uses my unique design when I invite a neighbor or friend for dinner and board games after. If it’s hospitality and making a home beautiful, then there are people who will be touched by that gift. If it’s humor and laughter, then someone needs to find that joy, too. If it’s teaching, teach.
Time for me to focus on my sweet spots and make strides in all areas of my life. How has God formed and fashioned you? Share your sweet spot with us. It is not about being like someone else, it is about being ourselves and ACCEPTING ourselves including the gifts and talents that God has given us.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!