“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance.” Ecclesiastes 3: 1-4
Time, talent & truth these are the things we will be judged on when we meet our maker in heaven. What did we do with our time? Serve others or ourselves? What did we do with the talent God gave us? Make a difference or make ourselves appear great. Finally, did we tell others the truth? Not “my truth” Or yours but the truth about Jesus & how he transforms our lives & saves us from our sins. That’s hard in a world that doesn’t want to hear the truth at all and often oppose it. Jesus wasn’t popular. He was a humble servant, a carpenter & often looked down upon. His arrival was first announced to shepherds. Not considered high on the priority list of people back then. The enemy has really outdone himself to make us doubt or worth & to confuse worthiness with worldly success.
Our time on earth is a blink of an eye to the lord. It’s easy to take for granted, easy to waste & impossible to get back. Time isn’t money, treasure or any of the other things the world defines it as. Time is precious & running out. I don’t mean to seem melancholily or jaded. I’m grateful for the time I’ve been given so far. Yes, I have regrets. Yes, I’ve wasted time. Yes, I’ve missed out. Still, I want to do my best to serve the Lord with the time I have left. I want the talent I’ve been given to be all used up when I’m gone. I want to be a constant reminder that the truth will set you free. One of the best ways I’ve spent my time is learning more about my faith. Spending time in community with other believers who are eager to learn more about our creator. Last year I did a study about spiritual gifts & it was extremely interesting & helpful. I didn’t realize I had more than one. I learned that my primary gift is exhortation; as defined by Chip Ingrim as a person who comes alongside others to comfort, love, affirm & challenge them. Those with the gift of exhortation often apply scripture in very practical ways & love to help counsel others. This explains why I feel right at home when I’m coaching. I love to encourage people while also challenging them to be their best. I was also able to recognize other gifts the Lord has given me such as leadership, Wisdom, hospitality, & at times mercy. I loved learning more about my gifts because it helped me to build on them. If you want to learn more about your God given talents you can YouTube Chip Ingrim’s Spiritual Gifts sermon and discover yours.
Once you better understand what gifts you’ve been given you can serve your church and surrounding community. It has been an honor & privileged to serve the women who joined fitness freedom both in person & online. We help each other, encourage each other and pray for each other. It has been a huge blessing to me and my family. I also recently started serving with our youth group at church. I’ve loved getting to know the students and build relationships. It’s truly preparing me for a future with teenagers. I’m still not ready. No matter how small or insignificant you may feel God created you for a purpose. Ultimately to serve, honor and glorify him in all we do.“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.”
Telling others about Jesus is something we can all do. It’s the very least we can do. A simple invite extended to our neighbors to attend the church we go to. Sharing the transformation we are experiencing as Christians to a friend. Sharing a blog, Facebook or Instagram post with scripture. These are all small ways to spread God’s truth. It may seem like a giant but it only takes one small act to overcome fear. Keep a pebble in your pocket if need be. Anyways, I hope this post was an encouraging reminder that even in the midst of chaos you were made for more. Fear is a normal human response. You can overcome it with God. Change is hard and often uncomfortable but it’s necessary for growth. Believe me I’ve endured my fair share. Keep your head up & keep moving forward. Don’t forget to spread love, kindness and courage along the way.