Monday, August 29, 2011

A Gift Unused...

Sorry, we had a family emergency in the midst of creating my blog posts for this week (our youngest dislocated her knee at camp and the stubborn thing wouldn't go back in without a hospital visit). As such, I find myself recycling an old post for today. It's one I like to remind myself of often, so I thought I'd reshare.

A Gift Unused is God's Grace Denied.

A profound thought. At least for me it is.

Consider the following verse:

"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various form..." 1 Peter 4:10

I've always thought of God's grace as an amazing gift that I don't deserve, but so thankful to have. But never before did I really consider that I could be used as a vessel to deliver His grace to another person. According to Peter, though, we are to be faithful in administering God's grace through the gifts we are given.

We are instruments through which God extends His grace to others. Doesn't that make our responsibility to discover our gifts and use them all the more important? It does to me.

What gifts are you sharing to spread God's grace to others?


Surrendering to Him,

Eileen



13 comments:

Chatty Crone said...

Good visual to make you think about your gifts.

Jessica R. Patch said...

Oh that sounds painful! I hope all is well, now.

A wonderful post and a great reminder to find out what our gifts are and to USE them for the kingdom!

Erica Vetsch said...

Owie!! That sounds so painful! I hope she's on the mend soon and able to be up and around. :(

Sandra Orchard said...

Praying for your daughter, and you...Take care

Sarah Forgrave said...

Sorry to hear about your daughter, Eileen! What a stinky way to start the school year.

Thanks for reposting this...It's a simple yet powerful message.

Loree Huebner said...

Sending healing prayers your daughter's way.

Lovely post.

Jennifer Shirk said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your kiddo's knee! Praying all is well!

Eileen Astels Watson said...

Thanks all!

Cassandra is doing well. She's on pain meds, but getting mobility back fast. She went straight back to camp after they reset her knee cap, but unfortunately she's at a horseback riding camp and won't be able to get on one for a day or so yet.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I sure hope your youngest is feeling better - ouch!

Susan Rix said...

Thoughts & prayers for you and your daughter!

Susan Anne Mason said...

How frustrating for your poor daughter. Hope she mends quickly and can get back on the horses!

It is hard to think of ourselves as gifts to others, but that's what we all are - in big ways and in small.

Peggy Eddleman said...

I completely believe in the importance of developing the talents we were given! I think it's being awfully ungrateful if we don't, and that if we don't appreciate a gift, we won't be able to keep it.

I hope your daughter gets feeling better soon!

Warren Baldwin said...

I like the wisdom of this statement: A Gift Unused is God's Grace Denied.