Tuesday, January 17, 2012

found: encouragement

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;  if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;  if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

Romans 12:6-8


Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully, administering God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:10

Probably, just maybe that “whatever gift he has received,”  includes:

  • how you generously make a meal for a family
  • how you pour hours of your time into a handmade anything
  • the cheer  you put into the perfect gift wrap
  • the handwritten notes you sent to friends
  • the patience and love you use in raising your children
  • the kind words shared over coffee
  • the way you pick up your husband’s socks from his side of the bed every morning
  • the way your fingers dance across the keyboard as you write
  • bearing your soul on canvas
  • doing your part to keep an office running smoothly
  • the attention you put into planning a weekly menu
  • the long hours you work to support your family
  • a smile offered to a stranger
  • the way you seem to understand numbers unlike anyone else
  • your passion for health and fitness
  • the warmth that people feel when you are near
  • the way you serve, defend, and protect our country
  • the hours you spend caring for the sick
  • how you lead a team of people
  • your ability to fix just about anything
  • the passion that shines within you for living life
  • the childcare you provide for children who are not your own
  • the way you lead a classroom
  • the mountains of laundry you fold
  • the endless wiping of noses
  • Every item on  your to do list

What I’m trying to say, whatever your day holds, whatever gift you have received,

it could be just the grace someone needs today.


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Drink some coffee.