“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6
As Christians, it is eluded that we should be modest and humble. We need to be giving constant glory to God. It truly is all about Him. However, when God trusts us with a gift, we should be bold to use it and be confident, He blessed us. Many times, we become dismissive of our gifts.
My daughter was invited to her friend’s birthday party. I saw the birthday girl’s grandmother and went to say “hello”. We were talking about Instagram and mentioned how I tried to “follow” her. She didn’t recognize me by the Instagram Account name, Anointed Courage. I confirmed it was me and she accepted my request. Then she asked, “how did you come up with the name Anointed Courage?” I could feel a sinking feeling deep inside my stomach.
There were feelings of embarrassment and flat-out fear. I started to stumble in my explanation. But I heard the Holy Spirit say, “do not be dismissive about your writing. Be bold and sell it!” So, I told her how I started a blog and wanted it to be a source of encouragement. I explained how I came up with the name. I knew the courage it would take to start writing publicly and how it would take more than my strength alone, it had to come from God.
She was so excited and told me that she loved the name and that I was brave to publicly write. In other times of explaining my blog to others, I made my blog seem like it was no big deal. Especially, because I was not a famous writer or have a huge following on social media.
One has to believe in what they do with all their heart, soul and mind, even if the world doesn’t accept it because God gave them a gift. God will always finish what He has started, even if it takes longer than what we expect or want.
Later that day, I saw on Instagram this picture my friend @rolanddenzel posted.
My hope is no matter the doubt or criticism one receives for taking a risk, it is better to try than to not.
Lesson Learned: Whatever the dream that God planted in your heart: pray, work and listen to Him. And do not dismiss your talents.
“Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me Lord for doubting you in using me. I pray that our gifts be revealed and you show us how to further these talents. May we always be humble in the success but be confident in these gifts. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”