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    Author: Michael Conserva

    Category: The Pulse - 2017.35 Issue 35, The Pulse - 2017.36 Issue 36

    Using What God Gave You

    There is an old Danish proverb which says, “What you are is God’s gift to you, what you become is your gift to God.”

    Our “Way of Life” states, “I will invest what I’ve been given for the work of God’s Kingdom.” God created you for a purpose. God deserves your best. He expects you to make the most of what you have been given as a good steward of His grace. When you attempt to serve God in ways that are not in sync with how you are wired, it feels like forcing a square peg into a round hole. It’s frustrating and produces few results. Inevitably, it wastes your time, talent and money. The trick is learning to discover your “sweet spot,” your “wiring,” and clarifying what God intends for you to be and do.

    So where do you begin? Here’s how…

    First of all, discover your “sweet spot” by assessing your gifts and abilities. Take a long, honest look at what you are good at and what you are not good at. Make a list. Ask other people for their opinion. Ask questions like: where have I seen fruit in my life that other people have confirmed? Where have I already been successful?

    Another way to discover your spiritual gifts and abilities is to experiment in different areas of service until you discover your passion. You discover your gifts by getting involved in ministry! Many have the discovery process all wrong. They say, “Discover your spiritual gift and then you’ll know what ministry you’re supposed to be in,” while it actually works the other way around. You never know what you are good at until you try!

    Consider your heart and personality. Rick Warren suggests you ask yourself the following questions. What do I really enjoy doing most? When do I feel the most fully alive? What am I doing when I lose track of time? Do I like a routine or variety? Do I prefer serving with a team or by myself? Am I more introverted or extroverted? Am I more of a thinker or a feeler? Which do I enjoy more—competing or cooperating?

    Lastly, examine your experiences, and extract the lessons you have learned. Review your life and examine how God has worked in various defining moments of your life and consider how He wants us to use those lessons to help others. No experience should ever go to waste. The fact of the matter is that we rarely see God’s good purpose in pain or failure while we are in it. Only in hindsight do we understand how God intended a problem for good.

    So… use what God has given you! There are many places for service at WEFC. We need folks like you to help serve in the following areas:

    • Medical Team Ministry
    • Ushers
    • Welcome Ministry
    • Visitation Ministry
    • Technology / multi-media

    The area(s) needing the most help are at our 11:10 service, but there are always needs for the 8:00 AM and 9:30 AM. I invite you to contact me to discuss your gifts and where you might use them at WEFC. I look forward to hearing from you!