"We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully." Romans 12:6-8
I'm a listener. If you need to say something, I'm there to listen. I will listen to your joys, concerns, woes and triumphs. I'm an encourager. I know that every individual has insecurities and I'm there to bolster you and walk through the deep of it with you. I'm a woman of prayer. I can't offer much in the way of solutions, but I know who can and I bring those needs to God faithfully on your behalf. As I review my week, I see many moments, despite being so busy, where I have helped, listened, encouraged and prayed. I've also taken a significant amount of time out this week to study God's Word and the writings of great theologians—I'm taking a theology course which has given back to me the joy of focused study of God and his love for the world.
At the end of the week, I could have been justified having pride in a job well done but that would have been a temporary, superficial joy. Instead, I was faithful to the Lord in sharing the gifts he has given me. At the end of the week, all my work was done, God had been glorified, I made a difference in people's live (even if it was only a little ripple of kindness), and I know God more intimately. What a fantastic week! I guess the lesson I learned is to seek God’s kingdom first and foremost and let the rest take care of itself. I’m not saying you should ignore your responsibilities, but to remember that in the list of priorities, they are still second to glorifying God with our whole heart, mind, and soul in word and deed.