My Dad has asked me to make a commitment to write everyday. Not anything to him, per se; more like a commitment to write letters to the moods as they flow and the thoughts as they come. Though that was days ago, and this is the first time I’m actually here at the keys with his request in mind, it touched me that he even asked.
Life is so not about people pleasing, or falling limp to the mesmerizing phrases of flattery, but when someone genuinely calls out for our gifts, it strikes the heart’s core and drums up feelings we rarely ever feel. So I can write, but oftentimes I’m just like you when it comes to sharing & putting action behind my abilities. Why is that? Why are the things we do can do so well so often the very things we never put our hands to?
I was just saying last night to a fellow entrepreneur and dear Sister in Christ: Can is the enemy of Do. It’s easiest to push aside and procrastinate on those things we know we can do. It’s the ease in which we know it comes to us that is the mind trickery delaying our doing it at all.
The Lord has spoken something new in my spirit: YOU ARE THE GIFT!
So then there’s something about recognizing the value in ourselves that will turn our CANs to DOs.
You CAN cook your tail off. You tweak recipes to perfection, when you use them at all. Since it comes to easy to you, what could the value really be? I mean, it’s just you, right? What have you ever done so superbly that others would NEED your contribution to make their lives better? When we fail to see ourselves as a gift to the world, we fail to share our gifts with the world.
What is it that you can do with such ease, you aren’t doing it at all? What is that second nature thing God put in you to do? That’s your glorifier! In Isaiah 43:12, God calls us His witnesses. It’s our responsibility to do the work of learning to see ourselves through God’s eyes: righteous by the Blood of Christ, able through the Holy Spirit, and accepted by our Loving Father God. I just described the greatest gift of all…and you are the embodiment of it. Without people, without you, there is no object of God’s love. You are the gift!!! And gifts are to be shared…to be given away.
…and believe me, it’s WORK to learn it, because it’s not what we’ve been taught. So many of us have been taught, raised, and influenced by the spirit of oppression. This spirit has kept us bound by prisons of poverty for years, all while convincing us that as long as we could find someone worse off than we were, we weren’t poor at all. But poverty is anything other than the abundant life Christ came to give us: health, joy, love, security, wisdom, authenticity, autonomy (self trust to move on our ideas which are the seeds of wealth), etc. Oppression teaches worthlessness, not value. It teaches imbalanced dependency as opposed to the freedom to openly give and receive. It pinpoints our failures until we’re trained to fail. And worst of all, oppression has created an image of itself and told us that was God.
We have a Kingdom of God system to learn. In it, we become the kings and queens we were created to be. We’re free to see our value in Christ. We’re free to share ourselves without shame, or fear of criticism, or doubting wonder as to when the oppressor will come and beat us down. But we’re not slaves anymore. Now, we are the gift! We’ve been redeemed! And yes, the oppressor is coming, but only to make his noise, because he can’t physically touch us anymore. The Word of God swears that he’s already defeated! So let him come. In fact, how can Psalm 23 read about a table prepared for me in the presence of my enemies if he doesn’t come. Yes, let him come but also let the Word teach you that he’s stolen all he can. He’s destroyed your last harvest, killed your last dream. Let the Word teach you that because he even bothered, YOUR seven fold recompense is in the Father’s Hand. It only costs the faith of your confession to receive it.
When we know better, we speak better: We call ourselves the gift!!!
When we know better, we do better: We give the gift away!!!
Love & Light,
Blessings & Strength,