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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.

    26 COMMENTS

    1. I am a leader. I am a good writer and i love to help the people younger than me. I take care of my gifts by writing when ever i get the chance and helping others no matter what position they are in. wworthless. I keep my head held high and keep believing in

    2. God has blessed me with the gift of singing, and being one of the worship leaders for our youth church! It’s crazy for me because I’m only 15. But God is much bigger than that, and doesn’t look down on our age. Soon to be 16, God has shared a word with me through my youth leader that he’s ready for me to sing in the spirit, I just gotta take that step of faith! So this is just what I really needed to hear. God has been in every corner in my walk so thank you PI! ♥

    3. I kind of struggle with this because i love art. I am great at photography especially, and drawing and painting comes pretty naturally as well. It does run in my family as well. But i know that my mom wants me to have a practical job that is reliable and is always paying. There is one other thing i am pretty good at, which is learning languages. I pick them up quickly and i know that there are ways to do that as a living. My dad has a friend in Russia and she works part time for a church as a translator. But how would i start to do that? How would i be able to get into a job like that? It would be my dream to do exactly that as well as be an artist… then i could have both jobs and do two things i love!!!

    4. I have the gift of singing,playing the flute and taking care of children/babies. I take care of my gifts by:I sing with both the youth and mass choir at church. I was in the choir when I was in school,too. I play my flute as often as possible,I’ve been playing for 9 years. As for childcare,I work in daycares and babysit my cousins. I also help out with the kids at church.

    5. I would like to move to a different country(because USA has foster care) and serve the children at an orphanage full time/live there sort of thing. I feel it in my heart that God wants me do do this for him. Yes, I don’t know how it’s going to be, it will take a step of faith. I’m only 16, but I started to teach Sunday pre-school to begin with 🙂

    6. I am a writer. My parents haven’t exactly gotten on board with this yet though. They think it’s just a phase and that I need to find something more concrete to do with my life :/ I’ve been ignoring them for a while though, and they’re just going to have to accept the fact that I will always be writing, no matter what!

    7. Some of my dreams are to become a wife and mom, an ultrasound technician, nuclear medicine, or a nurse that specializes in work with babies. Of course my parents really don’t have any trouble supporting me on any of these, they want me to have a great husband when i grow up, and my mom is even starting to look into what I can do as far as college for being what I want to be even though I’m only 14. Another passion of mine is my violin, which is something I love doing. I don’t know exactly how far God’s going to take me with it, but I’m still doing it. I also love drawing and photograph, so we’ll have to see about those.

    8. All of you keep praying dont stop , keep pursuing your interests, keep ansking God for guidance one day you’ll know where he wants you to be, see God called Peter and toled him what to do, he’ll do the same for you, stay blessed.

    9. I have the gifts of music and leadership. I play violin and love it a lot. I can also sing well. I excell when i preform. I am known to stick up for people and share my opinion. I will not go down without a fight. This can get me in trouble, but i’ve learned how to use it as a gift. My past expirences have also blessed me with the ability to understand people too.

    10. I’ve been blessed with the gift of dancing, sing, drawing, and being flexable. I recently was made dance leader in my church and I’m only 14. The devil has tried to take my happiness away by causing problems within my dance group. I just dance and pray my way through it. No matter what happens I don’t let anyone get in the way of my dreams.

    11. Ever sense I can remember I have wanted too be a nurse but recently Iv been lead too think about being an actress I have not told anyone but it is kind of my dream.My family want me too do somthing I could get a job after collage meaning somthing seinsable but I really want too be a actress I LOVE too sing even though Im just 13 I heart is aching too be one but I am ashamed too tell anyone please tell me what should I do.

    12. I know it’s crazy, but I really want to just drive across the country and go where ever God wants me to. I love people, I love talking to people. Getting people to listen to me and encouraging people are 2 things I’m very good at. I think God made me wordy for a reason.
      I really, truly just want to throw my guitar in a car and just drive. Stop at different places, work different jobs, talk to anyone and everyone who will listen to me talk about Jesus, and just completely rely on God for everything. I can’t do it until I graduate from high school, and I feel God calling me to Bible college after; but is it really crazy to just wanna be.. well.. a homeless woman telling people about God?

    13. I’m a writer, but I’m noticing that this had its pros and cons. I am really good with kids. With my writing, I’m trying to teach lessons about God in my fiction books, and because of my school situation, I get to volunteer in the jest and second grade class, so I try to be a role model and friend to them 🙂

    14. I have been trying to figure mine out, but still am hazy on what mine is. Also, does anybody know what careers (majors) can be associated with a missionary. I want to be an international missionary, but don’t know what would suit me along the road. I like learning about biblical creation like archaeology, paleontology etc. but don’t know how to incorporate it in. Thank you for any suggestions in advance. ^-^

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