Live in Your Gifts
A few months back, I read a SCL post that smacked me right in the forehead.
It was quite timely because earlier in the week, my wife and I had been talking about a few things that were heavy on her heart.
Because of our prior conversation, and as a result of that post, I felt led to send her a note of encouragement.
Among others things in the email I sent her, I said this:
I encourage you to live in that gift (the gift of kindness towards others and loving others in extraordinary ways). Remember that the only reason that Satan is attacking you in this area is that it is significant. God has designed you to build up, encourage, and love people. Satan wants to take his “sniper” and specifically knock you down in this area.
Three specific points stuck out:
- Satan will never attack something that is insignificant.
- Satan is not a shotgun; he is a sniper rifle.
- Live in your gifts.
All it took was a simple note. A small measure of intentionality. Sitting in her inbox even now (6 months later), words of encouragement and affirmation are extremely important.
We, as believers, have many gifts to build up and edify others. There also is an Enemy out there that would love for nothing more than to discourage, depress, and demoralize those gifts.
What does it mean/look like to live in your gifts? Keep writing even if you don’t know what to say. Keep investing in your children even if you don’t see “immediate results”. Keep reaching out to your friend even he doesn’t reciprocate. All these things matter… even when discouragement seems to temporarily shadow them every once in a while.