A farmer in rural Georgia was getting behind in his work so he hired a man to help him. The first day he asked him to dig a row of holes for a new fence. After he explained how to use the “digger,” he left the man to do his work. The hired hand completed digging the holes for the new fence in record time, and as a reward, the farmer gave him the rest of the day off.
The next day he gave him a much easier job: sorting good potatoes from bad ones. Halfway through the morning, he went to the farmer and said, “I’ve got to lie down. I have developed a horrible headache from making all of those decisions.”
Some of us look for excuses to escape the more difficult responsibilities that God gives us. We’d rather not take the time to develop our minds or make the effort to sharpen our skills and accept the opportunities to develop the gifts that God gives. We look for the “easy way” out. Life’s tough enough!
However, we must always remember one critical fact: God will never give us any skill or talent or gift unless He has something special for us to do. His gifts are unique for the work He has for us to do, and are designed to meet His expectations for the plan and purpose He has for our lives. No matter what He asks us to do, He will enable and empower us to do what only we are called to do. Finally, God will not ask us to do what we cannot do. When He calls us, He’ll equip us to succeed.
Prayer: Lord, we thank You for the gifts You have given us. May we take Your gifts and use them to bring You honor and glory by serving others. Thank You for calling us to be Your partners. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Galatians 5:22-23