Monday, August 7, 2017

Brave Enough to …

Join me this week for Brave Enough, a series where we’ll look at the every day situations where all of us girls, no matter what our age, find ourselves needing to be brave enough! 

You have your own set of unique gifts God has given you to share His love with the world. Share them!

 

Is there a certain activity the cool kids at your kid’s school do?

 

At Alexandra’s school, all the cool kids played sports. For girls, the sport twas softball. Every year since first grade, Alexandra had her mom sign her up to play too. Only there was a problem. Alexandra wasn’t really great at softball. She struggled with fear every time she got up to the plate. Things in the outfield weren’t much better.No matter how much her mom tried to encourage her to try another activity, Alexandra wouldn’t. Her closest friends all played softball; she wanted to as well. Then, Alexandra’s doctor discovered something going wrong with her back—she had scoliosis. That means that as Alexandra’s back grew, it wasn’t growing straight. It had a curve in it. Her curve became so big her doctor suggested she have surgery to put two metal rods in her back to help straighten it out.

Alexandra was very scared. The surgery sounded painful. On top of that, her doctor told her that after the surgery there would be some things she couldn’t do well and some things she couldn’t do at all. Softball was one of them.

The year Alexandra chose to have the surgery, she didn’t go out for softball. Instead, she joined a singing club and tried acting too. I’m sure you can guess what happened. She loved singing and acting and she was very good at both!

 

Alexandra as Morticia Addams in The Addams Family in high school

Check out 1 Peter 4:10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

Do you see how God has given each one of us different gifts? We’re not all the same! God has given us gifts so that we can use them to help each other. We can begin using these gifts as soon as we discover what they are, no matter what our age is! Whether we are young girls or older girls, God has place within each one of us the gifts He wants us to use to show this world the loving God He is.

Be brave enough to be yourself so that others can experience the unique gifts you bring to this world!

Have you found your own unique talents or gifts? I’d love to hear about your unique gifts and the gifts you are seeing in your children in comments below. How are you using these gifts to show the world the love of Jesus?

If you’re not sure what your unique gifts are, ask others to help you discover what those gifts are – your friends, mentors, parents, teachers, pastors, coaches – anyone who knows us can help us to discover them. It may take courage for you to try new things, but you’ve got it in you!

Dear Jesus, sometimes trying new things is hard. What if I am not good? What if others make fun of me? Help me to be brave and try new things. I know You will help me discover the unique gifts I have to offer the world. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 

Lynn

Comments

  1. Susan G. says:

    Thanks for this!
    You go Alexandra!
    My best friend’s daughter had to have this very surgery too years ago when she was just a young teen! She is also a singer, with a beautiful operatic voice who also acted and sang in plays even as an adult. God will use what you give Him!
    Blessings to you!

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