My spiritual gift is exhortation. Over the years that has exhibited itself in several way.
- I am considered by many to be a prayer warrior. I love praying. I love lifting praise and burdens to the Lord. I believe in prayer and its ability to change me. And when someone has a crisis, it will definitely be on my list.
- I am an encourager. I send cards and post notes on Facebook. Unfortunately, I’m much better at this with others than with my own family. I try to help sympathize while helping them see the light at the end of the tunnel. I encourage them to pray while praying for them myself.
- I am a teacher – Bible and music. While teaching is also a spiritual gift, my love for teaching comes out of my gift of exhortation – desiring to help people be all they can be.
I am really good at lifting others up when things aren’t going well. And when there is a big crisis in my life – like when our oldest son suffered a traumatic brain injury, I am pretty good at applying all this godly wisdom and encouragement to myself.
But when it comes to things that are really small in comparison, I can be completely ineffective at allowing the Lord to encourage me. You know, the day-to-day frustrations from work that I won’t remember in 10 days. Or the times when there is a lot of activity at once and I get overwhelmed.
What I need to get better at is taking the little things to the throne, as they happen. Instead of walking in my power, I need to plug into HIS power – just like I encourage others to do. I need to practice what I “preach.”
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 NIV
Father, I thank you that you have all the strength. I pray that I will utilize it and walk in the Spirit at all times – even in the everyday drudgery types of things. Help me to learn from then and to lean on you. Thank you that you are my burden-bearer. I give each of them to you never to pick them up again.