The words Be Alert, Responsible and Accountable spoke to me from a sermon at church awhile ago. I was able to listen that day as my husband had taken the boys out when they grew restless. Pastor John used the three parables in Matthew 25 to draw lessons about Jesus’ second coming. It really caught my attention that I am responsible for my talents and accountable for what I do with them.
I’ve been asking myself a lot lately if I am fulfilling my purpose. Mostly, I wonder if I am making a difference in other’s lives. I want to do what God asks me to and I feel accountable for not getting to it most of the time! Deep down I know I need to get back to writing and to somehow make the time to consistently write in my blog. To be real with what is going on in my life, in the hopes that it might be helpful for others.
When I apply the words be alert, responsible and accountable to my writing it is sobering. I realize that I need to do whatever it takes and use the talent that God gave me. To be alert to how I can grow from the things that happen in my life. Then share them with others so they can know they aren’t alone with the struggles which come in life. I need to realize that I am accountable for allowing time and other things to get in the way of listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit to share things.
Let’s be honest here, there are very few times when I sit and do nothing! There are plenty of times when I don’t seem to get anywhere with things. I’m so overwhelmed by what does need doing that I feel paralyzed and run in circles doing nothing! Our recent strategy to deal with this has been to analyze what needs to happen. Then we take it down to steps that are required to make it happen. By focusing on one thing at a time it has helped us to begin moving forward rather than spinning.
The last few years I have allowed the busyness of life with twins to keep me from writing. I catch myself thinking that maybe God doesn’t want me to write any more. Which is always followed by the thought he has confirmed he does three times in the past and I am the one that drifted away which makes me responsible for not writing.
There is also my fear that God might take the gift away because I haven’t been using it – you know ‘use it or lose it’. Today’s sermon was a good reminder that I can let all these fears stop me doing what I’m asked or I can recommit to sharing what God teaches me. I can keep burying my talent and giving in to my fears or I can trust God and let him grow what I have. Of course I’m aware that I’m likely to hit a few challenges! I’ll just have to remember to write about them!
What about you? Is life getting in the way of you using your talents? I’d love to have you share in the comments below. We can be real together!
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