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    How to Take Care of Your God-Given Gifts

    Have you ever had a dream, a vision, or a passion that wasn’t supported by a family member or friend? Have you felt discouraged because you want to do something big with your God-given talents but don’t know where to begin?

    Occasionally we may encounter people who won’t see our vision like we see it. It is important to have friends and family who love, build, encourage and support you, but the reality of life is that not everyone will understand or be on board with your dream.

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    If you have a vision, dream or desire to serve the Lord…keep dreaming, keep reaching! I’ve actually heard that if your dream doesn’t scare you (meaning it takes a step of faith), you’re not dreaming big enough.

    Here are some scriptures about writing down the dream, revelations, visions and God-given gifts. Pray about your dreams, desires and your future! God has planned great things for your life, just trust Him!

    And the LORD answered me, and said, ‘Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it’ (Habakkuk 2:2).

    With God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

    Most of the time when someone doesn’t support you, it stems from a fear, a doubt, or something perhaps they weren’t able to accomplish themselves. Sometimes people can limit God or maybe can’t see past a barrier. Remember, fear and doubt is not of God.

    Let me tell you something, PI readers: If you have a gift and you desire to glorify God with that gift, keep praying and reaching for that to come to pass. God gives every perfect gift and has created us for powerful, impactful lives for His Kingdom! Don’t let someone bring you down, discourage you or cause you to doubt! Keep persevering, walking by faith and doing what God has placed in front of you.

    You may not be where you want to be now, but over time, if you are faithful in the little, then you will be entrusted with more! It is in the Bible and God keeps all of His promises! It is important to take advice, follow Godly wisdom and obey our parents, but we need to not trust in man, and rather pray and trust in God our Father!

    It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in man (Psalm 118:8).

    If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities (Luke 16:10).

    Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity (1 Timothy 4:12)

    I have heard it said before, as you may have too, “Don’t despise the day of small beginnings.” It is actually in the Bible and it is such a true verse to live by!

    Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin (Zechariah 4:10).

    If someone you love and care about criticizes your dreams, remember God’s word, walk in love, pray for them, react with gentleness and also remember the people in the Bible who were criticized for their big dreams. For example: Noah was mocked when he was told by God to build the ark, David was laughed at before slaying Goliath and Mary was despised when she told Joseph and her family that she was pregnant with the Messiah.

    Big dreams and visions will be ridiculed because we have an adversary who knows that the children of God have power. Maybe your dream doesn’t have religion or faith connected to it necessarily, but we all know we can share the love of Christ with whatever job we do. Keep your head up and keep shining for the Lord! He is with you always and sees everything! Remember, He is your defense and knows what is best for you!

    You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14).

    For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away (Matthew 25:29).

    It is important to listen to the true voice of the Lord and to follow His call and purpose for your life. If you have someone who is bringing you down, simply pray for them and if you feel led to, tell them that your dream is something you feel has been placed on your heart to help others!

    Each situation will be different, but ask God, a mentor and your parents for advice if the person is being mean-spirited or hurting your feelings. If they continue to be rude or mean, you may want to take it to the Lord rather than hear negativity.

    Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces (Matthew 7:6).

    PI readers, what are your God-given gifts and how are you taking care of them?

    Christi Given
    Christi Givenhttp://www.christigiven.com
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.

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