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A Devotion for Teachers for the week of November 11, 2018
HELP ME TO DISCOVER EACH GIFT
Proverbs 18:16 A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.
God gives gifts/talents to each person. We discover and develop these God-given abilities as we mature. Some receive gifts that are never opened. An unopened gift that sits on a shelf is either a package of expectation or a waste of something valuable. Until someone opens the gift and uses it, it is merely a shell of what might be or could have been. An unused gift is unused potential and cannot accomplish what God sent it to do.
Why would someone leave a gift unopened, unused, or undiscovered? Perhaps the fear of failure or fear of men causes us to shy away from new experiences. Neglect or procrastination can also produce a stale or undeveloped talent. Laziness or self-protection can stifle potential. Or, even a lack of awareness of its existence could be the cause. No matter which applies to us, we can push past our fears and insecurities and open all our "packages" of potential. We should try new things and take classes in areas we have never studied before. We only develop as individuals when we remain teachable and flexible. Different experiences, good or bad, can be opportunities to learn and grow if we determine to discover more about ourselves.
Comparison can stunt our personal development. Gifts are unique to each individual; they are our personal monograms stamped by God in our original design. Each unique talent adds variety and richness to our world. Comparison is always a trap. If we compare our weaknesses to another's strengths, we feel diminished. If we compare our strengths to another's weakness, we become proud. Proverbs 16:18 says, Pride goes before a fall. And, if we compare our strengths to other's strengths, we become critical and judgmental.
Dear God, Are there undiscovered gifts and talents in me? If so, I commit myself to discover them. Help me understand my purposeful design and give me the courage to try new things.
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