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What Do I Have to Offer? by Suzanne Strangland

It is easy to think and feel as though you have nothing to offer others.  It is rather unfortunate, although not uncommon, to hear that others are better than you or you are not measuring up, leaving you feeling sad and down-trodden.  However, the negative things you might hear are false because you are special and have been “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14, NIV) by God.  Therefore, you have the ability to start viewing yourself as valuable and in possession of great talents.

Romans 12: 6 states, “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us” (NIV).  People often see themselves as lacking because, in today’s society, there is always someone with which to compare.  Thoughts like, “I have to be as good as them” or “as skilled as that person” can plague people so much so that they start to believe they are not good enough.  To stay stuck in this mindset can be crippling, not to mention depressing, and it could not be further from the truth!  God has created each individual person with their own set of skills and gifts that are meant to be used to serve him to the best of their ability.  No two people are the same, and that is a strength because everyone needs other people to fill in the gaps where someone alone falls short.

The world would have you think the goal is to be able to do it by yourself, but according to God’s way it is to be done along with others.  “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.  But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10).  The unique and special gifts one has are to be used in addition to the special and unique gifts of another—to be utilized in tandem not isolation.  But to be confident of one’s own abilities means to be cognizant of the distinctive and irreplaceable talents they have.  Learn to value yourself because of what God has gifted you with instead of thinking that God’s gifts to others are better than yours.  Your kingdom contribution is God-given and needed!

Suzanne

 

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