It has been a while since I have done any writing . . . and even longer since I have written on this particular blog. My plan is to return to writing on a regular basis — whatever that might mean. 😉
As I thought about this return, I had to consider why it had been so long. Has God not been teaching me important lessons? Have I not been listening? Did I miss the value in what I have learned? Have I missed the importance of writing down the insights gained no matter what size they appear to me? Is there no more treasure in this jar of clay worth sharing?
While each of these questions may have some element of truth to them in regard to my not writing, I think the cause is much simpler and more pervasive in its attempt to draw me away from that which is good and right. A lifestyle of busyness and distraction has been the primary culprit in keeping me from recording and sharing the lessons I have been learning.
It has been nearly 3 years since I have written on this blog and 4 months since I have written elsewhere. I know that in that time span there are lessons I have forgotten because I did not write them down. Lessons that I need to be reminded of. Lessons that others may have benefitted from if I had bothered to share.
Paul wrote to Timothy, “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you.” (1 Timothy 4:13-14) As I consider the gift of preaching and teaching, of writing and communicating, that God has given me, I want to be careful that I don’t neglect this gift. I want to use it for the good and benefit of others that they would grow in their relationship with God through His son, Jesus Christ.
So, my encouragement for you is the same admonition God is placing on my heart — discover and use the gift(s) God has given you! Do not neglect your gift but use it to invest in others to the glory of God! Encourage others by using your gift. Encourage others, including me, to use their gift — reminding them gently if they begin to let the busyness and distractions of life sidetrack them. God has given us the “one anothers” in our life for both our benefit and theirs!
Praying that we live our life in such a way that people would see our good works and glorify our Father who is in heaven!