I remember when I was a kid and it was Christmastime… And let me tell you folks, I LOVED Christmastime!
Still do, and if you know me well, you know my love for The Grinch and watching it lasts year round.
And I remember one year, I had asked for something very specific for Christmas. I think it was something along the lines of a Barbie Dream House, but not that extravagant, but maybe more of a Barbie duplex, or something like that. Or maybe it was a cruise ship of some kind?
I go back and think dang, Barbie really had it all, didn’t she?
I remember the anticipation of that gift. I remember feeling so incredibly excited that I had told my mom specifically that this was what I wanted, so of course I would be getting it, right?!
Christmas morning came, and as I opened the gifts one by one the anticipation grew… That was until I got to the last gift, opened it, and it wasn’t the Barbie dream house/duplex/cruise ship that I was anticipating.
It was something I didn’t want.
How many of you were given a gift and didn’t want it?
And I’m not talking about a gift on Christmas or your birthday that you don’t want, although it’s so awkward to try and put on a happy face and say “Thaaanks!” with the utmost sincerity.
I’m talking about maybe a skill, or a strength, or a practical gift.
Let me explain…
I was at one of my favorite coffee shops in the Twin Cities the other day with one of my favorite people, and we were talking about our “thing.”
So often in our lives, we look around and see that everyone else around us has a “thing.”
Maybe your best friend is the star player on your softball or soccer team, and you find yourself on the bench more than the field.
Or your classmate is getting straight A’s and you can’t seem to get above a C on any test or assignment.
Maybe your co-worker knows everything there is to know about the job, is the most popular person in the office, and your boss (and everyone else for that matter) loves them. Meanwhile you’re stuck in your cubicle hoping someone asks you to go to Chipotle for lunch so you don’t have to eat the salad you packed.
Maybe that girl you’re following on Instagram has the most perfect looking boyfriend, best friend, family, whatever it may be, and you can barely find a picture in your camera roll that depicts any sort of happiness in your life other than the funny meme you screenshotted the other day.
It seems like everyone has their “thing…” They are amazing at sports, popular in the office, everything at home looks great…
And you’re just over here wondering, “What is my thing?”
That is what my sweet friend and I were talking about, and I would be lying if this wasn’t something I continually struggle with, and see others of you struggling with as well.
So how do we find our “thing?”
What I’m about to do might burst some bubbles out there, and for that I apologize in advance. However, I think it’s vital that you know this truth about yourself and your life.
Being the starter on your sports team, getting all A’s, being well-liked at work and beyond, and having a perfect Instagram-worthy life is insignificant when it comes to eternity.
And after reading that, you might be thinking, “Emma, how could you say that?! How could these things not be important. These things are right in front of me! Are you saying it’s bad to want to get straight A’s or be well-liked at work, or have a happy family?”
That is not what I’m saying at all.
What I’m saying to you today is that that’s not your thing.
In the Bible it talks about Spiritual Gifts. There are a TON of different gifts or talents or skills that the Holy Spirit gives us once we accept Jesus into our hearts, which is so heckin’ cool!
1 Peter 4:10-11 says this, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
We were designed with and for a purpose. And we are called to use these gifts that Peter is talking about to serve one another, as a good steward, a person who takes care of the earth and what God has entrusted to us.
Some of you at this point may be thinking, “Yeah, Emma! Awesome! What are these gifts?!”
To take the test to learn what your gifts are, and learn more about them, click here!
But I want to speak to those who are reading this today and may be thinking similar thoughts that I was when I got the Christmas gift that wasn’t Barbie’s dream house/duplex/cruise ship…
You’re saying, “Emma, I don’t want it. I don’t want that to be my thing.”
And that’s okay…
But let me challenge you for a moment. If you have been chasing after the starter position on your soccer team, perfect grades, favor in your job, an Instagram-perfect-looking life, whatever it may be, to give you meaning, joy, and fulfillment, let me tell you this…
Those things will never satisfy you.
Psalm 107:9 says, “For He satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul He fills with good things.”
The “thing” you may be chasing after may be the Lord God Himself.
I’m praying for you today, I’m here for you, and I am so incredibly FOR you in all that you do! So it’s okay when you’re not sure you want the gift, the “thing” I’ve been talking about. But I do want you to consider it this week.
Remember that God has you today, and I pray peace and satisfaction over each person who reads over this today.