Monday, May 24, 2010

Get Hot! Stay Hot!

Yesterday we were encouraged to GET IN THE GAME! GET HOT and STAY HOT!!

It hasn't been too tough to get hot these past couple of days. The temperature has reached into the 90s, add in a little Midwest humidity and now we're cookin'!

But in all seriousness, God wants us to get off our duffs and live this life for Him. The No Strings Attached puppet group came back to our church to remind us of that very important fact yesterday. Looking back over the past few days, I couldn't resist including some footage from our Christian Kids Club's sports camp. Our kids got a chance to try a few skills needed to play football. Not an easy task, but definitely a fun challenge!

Okay, this wasn't much of a challenge for our kids, but I think Cole felt a little challenged after pulling the entire club!

A new twist on the David-Goliath story?

We all have different gifts that God has given us. The biggest challenge, I think, is figuring out what those gifts are. Some of us (like my husband) are gifted in Leading and Teaching.

Others of us are gifted at Serving and Giving. Like the 100+ people who raised money and walked for the Arthritis Foundation on Saturday. (Go Team Allison!!)

Or friends who sacrifice a Friday night to watch our kids, and then come back for more on Saturday. Now THAT's what I call Giving! (And, in our case, the gift of Mercy!)

Then there is the gift of Exhorting, or encouraging. Some people have a special knack for being a breath of fresh air, an encouragement to us. And sometimes we encourage others without even realizing it!

The gift of Prophecy is one that I haven't had much experience with, but who knows? Maybe these kids (some of whom are VERY excited to receive their very first Bibles!) will tell others of things that are to come.

So what is your gift?
The key is to surround ourselves with others who seek the Living Water like we do. I heard one time, "sometimes you have to grow a gift", and I really think that's true. I don't think we can sit back and wait for our spiritual gifts to emerge. I think that sometimes we have to take that leap of faith...jump in and get our feet wet!

Like Sid the Saint (Private Eye) pointed out, we who are called have a partner. "You can't see Him, but He's always there!"

Here's to the Holy Spirit!
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. --1 Corinthians 12: 4-6


Blogger Astrid said...

We had lots of fun! We really enjoyed watching the girls! We also really enjoyed the puppet show and the church service. Of course the picnic was fun! Go Team Allison!!!! :)

May 26, 2010 at 10:24 AM  

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