“Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you...”
~1Tim. 4:14a (NASB)
My new series will be called, “Greatness in you, God's gift to the world!” And our theme verse for this series will be 1 Timothy 4:14a.
To start I will share a short poetry writing that I will use to wrap up each blog. Let's use this as a focus tool to remind us of what we read last week, and to help us press toward the Greatness gifted within:
“I have put the blinders on
I am coming around the home stretch
Finally the race has come down to
the battle between what I have accomplished
and what I am capable of
I have never bet more on the latter
Risking it all has never felt more right
The goal never more in sight
Throwing off weariness, discouragement,
distractions has never been more vital
I'm running my own race now.” ~Run Your Race by Dawn L. Bedingfield
In our society, the eagle is our highest symbol of greatness, and few birds have the ability and character to compare with an eagle. The only bird qualified to soar with an eagle is an eagle. We all want to be “birds of a feather” where eagles are concerned; however, we seem to frequently have a problem with our soaring ability. The problem is that we have a wrong definition of what Greatness really is.
Because of our limited experience with those we consider great (including the eagles we so highly esteem), we usually assume that greatness is rare. Greatness is neither rare nor hard to achieve. We all have the ability to spread our wings and take to the wind. We can bring joy and laughter to the loneliest of homes. We can become a channel for miracles in the most desperate hours of need. We can rise above the worst of storms. And most amazing of all, we have the ability to save, change, and impact lives! If that is not the ultimate definition and display of Greatness, then I don’t know what is!
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” This promise is relevant to ALL of God's creation, IF we would received it by Faith, through obedience to His instructions. So keep your blinders on friends, and join me next time as we continue to define Greatness as it relates to the single solitary life He created in you when He called you by name, and gave you great purpose and destiny!
Until Next Time,