If you’re a teen aged girl, you’re probably like me, in that I am constantly bashing my abilities. I don’t see my gifts or talents as good or useful or anything else positive. I’m constantly putting down my strengths and exaggerating my weaknesses.
I don’t think that’s an honest way of examining yourself. The most honest way of viewing yourself the way God sees you — as His precious princess.
Yet, despite all my efforts to ‘rewire’ my brain to see myself the way God sees me, I continue (sadly) to degrade all the gifts that God has given me.
Just imagine how sad God must be when He sees you do.
Think, what if you bought your best friend a present. It cost you a fortune– say, perhaps, a brand new car, let’s say a Mercedes. But as soon as your friend saw it, she started pointing out features that were missing, blemishes on the paint, and explaining that she prefers Porsches.
God has given you many gifts, including talents. He has blessed me with many gifts.
Furthermore, we are to give thanks in all things, recognizing ‘that every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of lights.’ (James 1:17)
That said, when I was reading in 1 Peter, it stuck out to me when Peter wrote:
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
ALL of us have received a gift. EVERY ONE!! Guess what? That includes you! And me! 😃
So don’t undermine your talents! They are a gift from God!
Not only that, but Peter says to ‘minister it to each other.’ Translation: Use the gifts God has given you for His work.
Also, consider the fact that Peter says that we are to be ‘good stewards of the manifold grace God.’ We are stewards of the gifts that God has graciously given to us.
It’s just like the parable Jesus tells of the master who gives his servants each a different amount of money. Some were given a lot, while other weren’t. Remember what happened to the servant given the least? He buried it. He was called wicked and striped of what he was given.
A good steward takes what he has and uses it to multiply it for his master.
A bad steward takes what he has and is too fearful to invest it.
Use your gift, princess! God gave it to you for a reason. Be a good steward!
Also don’t complain about your Mercedes! 😉
Are you like me, in that you have trouble honestly recognizing your talents? What are you’re thoughts on stewardship?
Have a wonderful day! ❤️