Your Gift is on This Side of the Fence

Ecclesiastes 4:4

Then I observed all the work and ambition motivated by envy. What a waste! Smoke. And spitting into the wind.
“The grass is greener on the other side of the fence.”  How many times have we heard this statement?  We as humans always seem to want what the other person has.  We want to “keep up with the Jones’s” .  Sometimes people want what others have just because they think they will never get it for themselves.  Others want what others possess because they are jealous.
Another reason for us wanting another persons gift is that we don’t realize we have one of our own.  I wish I could preach like that! I wish I could write a book!  I wish I could sew an outfit!  I wish I was crafty.   I wish I could cook a gourmet meal!! I wish I could style my hair like hers!  I wish.  I wish.  I wish.  How many times do we speak these things or at least think the thoughts?  We get so wrapped up in what we can’t do that we forget to search for our own gift.
For me, I have known for a long time I like to write.  I wrote tons of poems in middle and high school.  I took creative writing classes and I even received a scholarship from my writing to attend college.  Did I believe I was a writer? Nope.  When my friend said to start a blog I was nervous.  Who is going to read it?  When I began to write my first book again I was doubting its success.
We need to come to realize we all have a special gift which God gives to us the moment we begin life.  Some people spend their whole lives not knowing what their gift is or they have it in their possession and do nothing with it.  I have chosen to take my writing as far as I can.  I have tried to be dedicated to writing a blog every week…yes I have failed at times but I just keep trying.
I attended a powerful conference just recently and a Man of God prayed over me.  He stood back and looked sternly at me and asked me if I knew I was in a place of influence.  I agreed that I was concerning my job, however I thought that was the only area.  He prayed that God would place the mantle of influence over my life and that He would begin to show me my areas of influence.
My first glimpse of this was yesterday when I was just going over my stats here on WordPress.  There is this map which shows how many different countries have read my writing.  I was reminded that about 3 years ago it was prophesied into my life that my writings would touch the nations.  I shrugged it off not really believing this to be true until yesterday that it is.  I discovered that people from 65 different nations have read my blog.
I stood there is awe of what God can do.  The only thing I have to do with this is obedience.  I opened my gift and used it and in return God has blessed me.  I encourage you today to find and open your gift.  I know you have one.  What has God given to you for the nations?  How has He equipped you to do His will here on earth?

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