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Organizing the Inside – Day 272 In My Own Voice

6In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. Romans 12:6-8 (NLT)

You must be you.
To write something in your own voice is a term used to describe the use of words, cadence and style when writing that is authentic to the author. When you find your own voice in writing and learn to embrace it, your writing has a certain tone that is uniquely yours. It’s like certain musical artists who have a unique sound in their music. Finding your own voice is not always easy, just like discovering who God has called you to be, it takes some work. There are some serious challenges involved and the biggest one is being obedient when it comes to the details. The answers to some of life’s biggest questions, like, “Why am I here?” and “What is my purpose?” are not hidden, but if you want to know, you must sincerely ask. If any of you needs wisdom to know what you should do, you should ask God, and he will give it to you. God is generous to everyone and doesn’t find fault with them. James 1:5 (GWT)

Those who have worked with talented coaches and mentors know the best coaches have a unique ability to bring out and develop top talent. Research has shown that extraordinary people generally have a few basic things in common.
1. They’ve worked with great coaches.
2. They’ve practiced their technique, far more than most people.
3. Through persistence and determination they overcame obstacles.
4. They know and embrace their own talent, not someone else’s.

The same is true with Christians.
Copying someone else’s gift may seem like the easy way out, but there’s a ton of pitfalls if you decide to take that route. We have the best coach ever, Jesus Christ; but we have to be willing to allow Him to teach us and direct us as our gifts are developed.  This can’t be accomplished if we’re stuck on trying to be like someone else. God made us to function within the body, and when working alongside of other believers, we are at our best. God’s plan for the church works best when the hand works like a hand, and the foot does what a foot is supposed to do. Otherwise there is chaos and along with that chaos comes a complete lack of appreciation for others, which usually results in even more chaos and conflict. All this, diminishes our effectiveness and our productivity. We need each other, and we need others to be who God has called them to be.  18But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” 1 Corinthians 12:18-21 (NLT)

God wants to coach you to the next level.
Being coached-up begins with an acceptance of who you are. God made you different for a reason. Learn to love that particular something special that no one else has, then you’ll find true fulfillment. The answer is near you! Listen; you’re on the winning team and you definitely have the best coach in the entire universe. Perfecting your gift is not some unattainable dream; you can do it, if you are willing to turn everything you have over to God. Take hold of the confidence that’s yours through Christ. Never let fear stand in the way of being extraordinary. God wants your heart, your time, and yes, He wants your gifts. Consider that God gave you and me everything we have; now, out of our love for Him it’s time we give it all back.

Are you ready and willing to lay your gifts at the feet of Jesus and let Him use you His way? Are you really willing to let go of your wants and trust God to instead give you the desires of your heart? Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4 (NLT) I so want to encourage you, while I encourage myself, let’s permit God to have His way, so we can live life in our own voice.

Here’s a similar article about using your gifts, if you missed day 205

Organizing the Inside – Day 259 Say Yes to God and No to The Status Quo

But forget all that–it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? Isaiah 43:18, 19a (NLT)

Too many are willing to accept the status quo.
Those who say things like, “the devil is busy, “and “God is in control,” make excuses by using casual religious clichés to keep from having to take action. These are lukewarm Christians who have discovered the unambiguous comforts of passivity. They stand as passersby commenting about current conditions but are unwilling to take action to help bring about resolution. They warn others that God is in control, but don’t they realize that Jesus gave us the keys of the kingdom of heaven? And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven. Matthew 16:19 (NLT) Some whisper valid solutions, yet only under their breath, believing that offering an answer may require a helping hand.  Participation in the facilitation of change sounds like too much work, so instead they stand by on the sidelines never really getting in the game; spectators and debaters they mostly use up tissue and suck up oxygen.

Christ wants to do something new.
If you want things to be different wishing for it won’t make it happen. Status quo supporters are only followers and it’s an exercise in futility to expect them to lead or bring about any sustainable difference. Let’s start by listening first to the voice of God. What He’s already told you will likely not change until you do what He’s said first. Then as you seek Him He will guide you into all truths. When ready He’ll take you through to the next steps.

Are you willing to take the risks of being labeled?
There is nothing innately wrong with labels, but only choose to wear the ones that fit. Wear the labels that God gives. You are a “child of the King.” Now, are you willing to lead change and make a difference? When you see something that needs to be done, be willing to step forward and use the resources God has placed in you. If it is for you to help, God will guide you and give you everything you need to be successful. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) You must definitely push fear aside. Fear not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthen you; yea, I will help you; yea, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

Surely you are ready for service.
Have you thought about it? Have you kind of watched as your heart leaps inside at the thought of using your TAGS (talents, abilities, gifts and skills) to get more involved? Maybe God is saying now is a good time to jump in and get involved? Consider what God has placed in you and how helpful your gifts could be. Organize yourself and step out in faith. Make up your mind to go for it, and God will reward your obedience. You’ll see, a man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. Proverbs 18:16 (KJV) Today we’re saying yes to God and no to the status quo!

Here’s a test you can take to help you better identify your gifts. They also provide some help with identifying ways to possibly use your gifts. Be prayerful, but act upon what God has put in your heart.