Daily Devotional November 3, 2022

In Grobowsky Hall, we have an audio/video system that is so sophisticated, only God really understands it. But as our programing continues to grow, I have realized we need more than God and a few gifted individuals to run such a complicated system.

Yesterday, I called Chris to set a time for training.  At first, he didn’t understand I was talking about training me.  When I explained I wanted to learn the system, there was an awkward silence on the other end of the phone, then Chris said, “That’s not a good idea.  I speak the truth with love.”

That hurt.

While it is true I am the least tech savvy person on the planet and I find it much easier to walk down the hall to have a face-to-face conversation rather than send an email to the office next to mine, and trying to type out a message on my phone almost gives me a stroke, I thought with the right amount of training, I could run the A/V system that only our church and NASA have.  Chris’ vote of no confidence and his reminder that my gifts had nothing to do with technology was hard to hear but accurate.  It’s not my thing.

Did you know you have a gift?  God gave it to you.  It is your true purpose – your reason for being.  God wants you to use your gift to ease the heavy burden others carry, bring hope where there is despair, and enable others to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ.  That’s why you exist.

Understanding each of us is unique and created for a purpose, the psalmist said, For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:13-14)

Your choice is to use your gift the way God intended or waste it and be an anemic version of yourself.  Choose God.  You will never regret it.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me be the person you created me to be.  I offer my gifts to you without hesitation, reservation, or procrastination.  Use me for your purpose.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

In order to truly live in a world where so many choose to exist, use your gifts.  Only then will you become the person God envisioned you to be when you were in your mother’s womb.  You won’t regret it.

Also, on that note, since Chris reminded me, technology is not my gift, I wonder what is?  Is being incredibly good looking a gift?  I need to think that through.

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins