1 Corinthians 12:4-7
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
Thought for the Day: What is God nudging you to do today?
One year ago today I shared some time with a special friend and we shared some wonderful stories of faith. It had been years since we had been able to spend time together so we both opened up and learned a lot about the faith journey of the other. As I watched her and listened to her I was touched by her desire to pray for everyone she met. She asked everyone who came by if they had a prayer request and put those requests in her phone. I knew in my heart that she used that list daily to pray for each and every one. What a beautiful God given talent. As we talked, she told me about a prayer request needed for her family, particularly her teenage niece. As I listened to the circumstance, I quickly recognized the situation as one that had happened to my family when I was a teenager. My heart yearned to communicate to this young lady how God had worked in my life through such a similar situation forty years before. Over the next couple of days I thought about how to share my story about my experience, but wasn’t sure how. Then I read my Upper Room devotional one morning and realized that I could write a devotional about my situation in the same style as The Upper Room devotionals written by so many each year. So, I did. I sent an e-mail attachment to my friend, and to her brother, that told my story of that particular situation.
That moment, that simple moment, of listening to a friend’s prayer request for her family was my nudge from God to do something I had always wanted to do but never started. I began writing. At some point, I heard myself say to God, “I promise I will try to write every day.” That began a writing journey that has now lasted a year and one that I pray will last my lifetime. Now, I am the first to say that my writing is not perfect. Fortunately, I did not promise I would write perfectly every day. Fortunately, God knows I am not an English/Grammar Scholar. What God knows is that my life has been filled with a lot of happiness through my experiences with family and friends, but that I had to live through a lot of pain and grief along my life journey. Through the years, many friends told me that I needed to write about my family because there was such a beautiful, although tragic, story to tell. I guess I held the thought of writing in my heart because when a friend asked for a prayer request, I knew I could put it into writing in order to help a young friend. God led me to this place of writing and I know this place is where I am supposed to be.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for nudging us until we begin following Your desire for us. We try to listen and follow your plan for us, but we are sometimes slow in listening. Thank you for placing people in our lives who can help us hear Your voice more clearly. Thank you for the gifts You give each of us to share You with those around us. Amen.
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