Preparing for a long and full day ahead of me, I ran across this appropriate quote…
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say: “I used everything you gave me.” –Erma Bombeck
Everything God gave me…
Can I say that that? Can I say I’m using everything God gave me?
This week is one of the most challenging weeks of my life. Seriously. Challenging in the fact that it’s stretching me. It’s growing me. God is expanding my limits and what I thought I could do. He’s showing me new revelations about myself. And about Him.
But let me tell you, it’s uncomfortable. I’m way out of my comfort zone. I’m so far out, I can no longer see that ol’ familiar comfortable place.
I’d do about anything to settle back in it.
But doing so, would I be using everything God gave me? Or would I just be settling for what’s comfortable?
Being comfortable isn’t always God’s best for us.
When he was given the role of Peter Pan in this year’s show choir production (and believe me, it’s a production!), he was a nervous wreck. But his mom knew God was calling him to something greater. I knew God was taking him farther, stretching him, growing him, expanding the talents He planted inside of him.
Zach had to completely rely on God in the uncomfortable. He needed to keep his eyes on God in the unfamiliar.
The thought of singing in a 3,000 capacity venue about made him lose his lunch.
But as the season progressed, and as he continued to get stronger and more confident in each performance, comfortable started to return. Here, his comfort zone had grown, and what once was scary for him, now wasn’t so bad.
Two weeks ago, he performed in that 3,000 capacity venue at Hard Rock Life at FAME Orlando. He sang stronger than ever before. And I’m proud to share with you his performance, and the talent of these high school kids. They are using what God gave them.
Forward to 4:24:00 to see this incredible show. I believe you’ll be amazed.
Oftentimes God takes us beyond what we think we can do to grow those gifts and talents He’s placed within us. He stretches us and grows us to become the man or woman He desires us to be.
We don’t grow when we’re comfortable.
At least I never have.
May you and may I boldly take that step out of our comfort zones today. May we refuse to stay comfortable. May we allow God to grow us into our full potential.
Now it’s your turn. Are you in a pretty comfortable spot in your life, or is God stretching you and growing you? What new talents are you finding He’s given to you? Friend, I’d love to read some of your story.
Let’s use everything God gave us.