It has definitely been on my heart lately to establish a blog that not only inspires outfits and fashion, but also one that inspires faithfulness. As I have recently reflected on my own life and walk with God, I’ve realized that I have slipped into the patterns of a lazy Christian where I regretfully became complacent with what I already “knew” about the Lord. I have too long been that hungry guy on the couch that is too lazy to make his own sandwich and waits for someone else to make it for him. And so this is my attempt to keep myself accountable in my own walk with the Lord. I pray that this step will not only help myself grow but you as well, whether you are a believer or not.
Growing up, I’ve always been the one to compare myself with others — from my outward appearance down to my personality traits and personal gifts. I developed this mentality that always yearned to be the best at everything and began to grow envious of those with gifts and talents that I did not possess. What I did not realize was that in doing so, I hindered my God-given gifts because I kept trying to be something I was not, as well as trying to steal the glory for myself. I wasted my time trying to do and be everything that I did not fully embrace, practice, and use the gifts that God gave me. Below are four points that I hope will be remind and encourage you to embrace the beautiful gifts that God appointed specifically to you and to use it for His glory.
1. God gives different people different gifts.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Romans 12:6
2. Foster your gifts, use them, and develop them.
“So it is with you. Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:12
3. Don’t be envious of others.
“For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” 1 Corinthians 4:7
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:7
4. Use these gifts for God’s glory, not your own.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11
Have a blessed July 4th weekend!