God given gifts

Being physically strong has been my “go-to” power for the longest time. In actuality I thought that it was the only gift that I possessed but it helped many people on this great journey with God. The majority of my life was filled with physical sports and it always drove me to wanting more. Soccer, baseball, tennis, rugby, wrestling, boxing, bodybuilding, powerlifter, cycling, and hiking were some of my best activities. Always able to lift more than others quite easily so naturally this had to be my gift from God and for years I ran with that. One day while at work I took a very nasty fall, so bad in fact that my calf was torn along with my hamstring and my rotator cuff. I cannot even express how bad those injuries felt, all that I could tell you is it was like being hit by a car and all on one side. Having a pity party one day I started praying asking God why this had happened and how I could provide for my family with these injuries. God worked through a friend of mine, “Karen”, who encouraged me to start writing and I fought this for a bit because it didn’t feel like I had much to offer in that department but ended up being wrong. God opened up so many doors for us and just when we think He couldn’t possibly bless us anymore He blows our mind with something else. We’ve gone from writing a book to being on YouTube, teaching a class and now this awesome blog! God is great! God will use you if you let Him, He will open many doors if you just ask, we are all given special gifts and we may not even know what they are yet. Romans 12:6-8, 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.  What gifts has God given you?  How are you using it for Him?

Heavenly father thank you so much for this beautiful morning, thank you for the opportunity to be able to go out and do the things you have set out for us to do. Help us to see what our gifts are that you have blessed us with and how to use them for your glory Lord. In Jesus precious name AMEN.

Published by Matthew, Karen, and God

Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives.

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