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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 205 Born For Just Such A Time

13Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. 14If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?”

15Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: 16“Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.” 17So Mordecai went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him. Ester 4:13-17 (NLT)

What woman is born to live and die unto herself?
I would suggest the answer is no one, or better yet, absolutely no one. There was a time in my life when my worst fear was that I would live and die having never fulfilled God’s true purpose for my life. Since then I’ve been blessed to move beyond that very sad place of uncertainty, but for years I was stuck in fear and laziness. I believe innately in each of us is the need to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. I also believe that this is the way God intended things to be. Ester realized that God’s purpose for her life was not about her, but it was about helping the people of God. So it is for each one of us as Christian women, the position that you are in and any benefits that your life would bring is not solely for your personal fulfillment. Your fulfillment is actually a result of what Christ did and your willingness to do God’s will.

Have you ever wondered?
How many people needed to read that book you neglected write? How many people needed your gift of encouragement to help them reach their potential when they felt like giving up? How many people needed to take that class you said you were going to teach, but never got around to doing the work to get started? How many millions of lives would be touched by your raw focus and unrelenting obedience? 1If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. 3Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Philippians 2:1-4 (NIV)

When you don’t operate in your gifts and fulfill your purpose the whole body is affected.
The gift of prophesy needs prophesy, the gift of teaching need teaching and the list goes on. God didn’t put you here to duplicate what someone else is already doing. We are created in His image, but are unique with abilities that are authentic to whom He made us as individuals. We are one body, and we need each other, not independent from the whole, but so the entire body of Christ grows and benefits. Let us also not forget those of us who have been called with certain gifts like evangelism to minister to the lost. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. 1 Peter 4:11 (NLT) The universe and all that is to come is not some haphazard thought in the mind of our Creator. Your life and your purpose mean something; but you have to get outside of yourself to find it. Nevertheless your purpose is completely tied to the entire plan of God for His good pleasure to bring Him honor and glory. What are you doing about it? 1And so, dear brothers and sisters,I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. 2Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:1, 2 (NLT)

I urge you to do the work to carry out God’s plan for your life. Say yes to what He has put on your heart to do. Open your heart; don’t let time keep passing by without doing what you’ve been put here to do. While finishing is far more important than starting, everything must have a beginning. It’s never too late to say yes again, for you were born for just such a time as this.