Romans 11:29 “For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable.”
We all have a place and a call in God’s heart and in God’s plans.
One way for me to know what God’s plans are for me is by paying attention to the gifts and talents He has blessed me with. I also think those gifts and talents can change throughout our lives and therefore we always need to be present and paying attention to His call.
Early on in my career, I was petrified of public speaking! I was unsure of myself and not confident in what I had to say or what I had to offer. But, God does equip the called…and sometimes equipping the called is by walking straight through a path of difficulty and challenges.
When I do leadership training and development, one of the things I talk about is the idea of “being” vs “doing.” The “doing” consists of those things that are rational and often, more comfortable because we have been educated and trained on the “doing.” “Being” on the other hand can be more difficult because it is about being still and listening to our heart and our spiritual being. The challenge for me in using my gifts and paying attention to God’s call is that I can’t choose my head/doing over my heart/being. We must center ourselves with both.
The poem Footprints takes on a whole new meaning for me when I look back on my life and the challenges I walked through. During those times of struggle, I haven’t always felt God’s presence with me, but when I look back on those times today, I can see Him walking right beside me.
The difficulties that I have walked through have definitely prepared me for my life today and I couldn’t be more grateful. It has been through each difficult time that I have drawn closer to Him and learned how His promises and answers are found in His word.
Public speaking is something that I still can’t believe I am doing and yet I am. I am answering the call and being gifted through the Holy Spirit. When I surrender my life to the one who knows all and provides me with the gifts and talents I need, my life is filled with Joy.
Blessings dear friends!