Gift Horses

The lazier a man is, the more he plans to do tomorrow (Norwegian proverb). 

Professor Stephen Hawking’s birthday is tomorrow, he has defied doctors for almost 50 years after contracting amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) at the age of 22. Life expectancy is a couple of years after contracting so he has definitely skewed the statistics as he reaches 70.

As the symptoms progressed in Professor Hawking, his mind compensated and he was able to solve scientific problems in his head at remarkable speed. When his speech was affected he used technology and pushed the boundaries of technology so he could continue his work. Using the existing technology today he can create one word a minute. He needs new technology to allow the ideas in his brain to come out. He is using his gifts.

Seventy years ago Lou Gehrig, a talented famous baseball player, died from ALS only two years after retiring from professional baseball with the New York Yankees. He used his gifts for as long as he could.

Do you use your gifts? We are all given gifts but some of us ignore them or abuse them. We let situations come into the mix so we may downgrade our gifts in order to fit in. We might rebel against the gifts we have been given. Lou and Stephen used their gifts to the full despite massive odds against them. They are, however, in the minority; we waste so much time not doing anything productive whether it is TV watching, pointless chatting, social networking or just sitting doing nothing.

Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly. Romans 12:6 (NASB)

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

Do you have regrets that you didn’t do something (sport, trip, job,) when you were younger? I have a number of relatives who were given trials at soccer clubs but didn’t pursue it. Now in their forties and fifties they regret it. They didn’t use their gifts.

Do you feel God is calling you to do something but you don’t feel equipped or are scared or it just isn’t the right time for you?

Jesus will judge us not only for what we did, but also for what we could have done and didn’t (George Otis).

Make today a new day, the beginning of your using your God given gifts how God wants you to use them. Ask the Lord for help in using your gift for his work, he would not ask you if he didn’t know you could do this.

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