use your God given gifts May 06, 2015 09:00

At Shine Your Light, we believe in encouragement. And we want to encourage you to live a life filled with purpose. We want to encourage you to live out the gifts God has given you and to use every last drop of that talent.

Sometimes you might not be sure about what gifts you have or how to use them, and that’s okay. Sometimes you know your gifts, you have ideas for how to use them, and yet you hold yourself back. We want to encourage you to just start. God doesn’t expect you to be perfect, He just expects you to be obedient. Is He calling you to do something? Stop hesitating because of fear or doubt and step outside of your comfort zone. The first step is the hardest, so sometimes just getting started is the biggest obstacle. We sometimes hold ourselves back from starting because we don’t have it all figured out, but we don’t have to. God has a plan and He doesn’t always reveal the big picture to us. We just have to be obedient and take one step at a time, trusting in Him with each step.

Many of you know we launched Shine Your Light just a few months ago in February 2015. What you may not know is that we began thinking about it, praying about it, and working on it in September of 2014. We could have taken even more time to figure things out, to perfect our craft, to plan better and longer. But ultimately, our biggest fear was taking the first step. We’ve already learned so many things since our launch date and we’re constantly making changes to improve Shine Your Light. But all of that is only possible because we just took a leap of faith and started.

What if you lose the talents you don’t use? What if you resist the Holy Spirit’s calling for too long and God moves on to use someone who is more willing? He doesn’t need perfection from you, he needs willingness. Willingness to have the faith in Him to step outside of your comfort zone and know that He will equip you with what you need to fulfill that role. If you feel called to do something, we encourage you to just say yes. Don’t wait for the opportunity to pass you by. Just start.