But oh well. Who needs gadgets anyway?
It was a great gift. It had a cute purple case and tons of nifty features. There was only one problem. I didn’t use any of those features.
Finally after a week or two, I started exploring my options. I downloaded a few Apps. I subscribed to some podcasts. And, just to see what all the fuss is about, I took a few selfies. After all, this phone was a gift; I should use it to its potential!
You know, God gives us great gifts too. Unfortunately; like my cell phone, we tend to ignore them.
I mean seriously, who would ignore a gift from God?
Well … me, I guess.
When I first started writing for the church newsletter, sweet elderly ladies tried to encourage me. They'd stop me after church and say the nicest things.
“I really enjoy your writing, Sheri. God has given you a gift.”
I’d smile and thank them, but inside I didn’t believe it. What? A gift? Nah! Writing is just my silly little hobby.
For nine years I was more than happy to write for the church. It was fun. It was fulfilling. And it felt safe.
Then Madison started kindergarten, and I began feeling like I should step out of my safe comfort zone. After all, God says if we are faithful with the little things, He will trust us with big things.
And He proved it to me.
The more I trusted Him with my writing, the bigger my audience became. Today I write for Guideposts Magazine. Guideposts generally has two million subscribers – which translates to around six million readers.
Whew! The thought of six million people reading my words … only God could do that!
So how about you? What do you enjoy doing? Is there something you seem to be naturally good at? It’s not a matter of pride; it’s about exploring the gift God gave you. He decides what gifts to give; but only we can decide what to do with those gifts.
Let me encourage you. If you're faithful to use what God has given you - either big or small – He will be faithful to put opportunities in your path. He proved it to me. Let Him prove it to you.
“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”
- Leo Buscaglia