Daily Devotional for July 21, 2022

Kay is a phenomenally gifted artist and instructor.  She teaches a cardmaking class here at our church.  These cards have been sent to countless people who struggle with illness, grief, or despair.  They have made a huge difference.  
 
Breana convinced Kay to host an art camp for the children of our church.  It was yesterday.
 
I decided to check on the program.  That was my mistake.
 
Kay had twice as many children as she had been told to expect.  She looked like she had been run over by a Mack Truck.  
 
As I was walking through the door, Sam was walking out.  He said, “No one has died yet.”  
 
I quickly made the sign of the cross and did an about face.  I didn’t know if I was hearing screams of joy or terror, but I decided not to look back.  I quickly rushed back to Dennis Hall, shut the door to my office, and hid under the desk.
 
As anyone who knows Kay would expect, the children had a wonderful time.  She had done her usual brilliant job.  By the end of the day, she was wiped out.
 
I know when God saw Kay’s effort, God smiled.  This is what God had made Kay to do – help others.
 
God has also made you for a reason.
 
Believe it or not, you have a gift that makes you unique.  God is the One who did it.  And God expects you to use whatever gift you have to ease the burden others carry and make this world a better place.
 
It doesn’t matter if you are the President of the United States or the guy with the shovel following the elephants in the circus parade.  All service is equal in the eyes of God.
 
Don’t for one moment think your gift is too meager to matter.  While you may not be the one God created to teach art, cure cancer, or discover the solution to global warming, the gift God has bestowed upon you is just as significant.
 
Heck, God may have gifted you to be a pastor.  Just know the bar for being a pastor is pretty low.  They let me in. That should tell you everything you need to know.  Surely your gift is better than that.
 
Peter was adamant we were to use whatever gifts we have to the glory of God.  He said, “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.”  (1 Peter 4:10)
 
Use your gift and make God smile.  It’s a good deal.
 
Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me identify my gift and use it the way you intended.  I pray my life brings you joy.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.
 
Kay used her gift.  God is happy with her.
 
I am not as happy with Kay as God is.  She convinced the Thursday Bible Study to vote to study the book of Isaiah.  It has sixty-six chapters.  I am going to be teaching Isaiah till I die.
 
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.
Tom Robbins

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