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We each have a gift for doing certain things well. And it’s a gift we should generously offer to others – making an impact for good and bringing more life and beauty into the world. But it’s also helpful to remember that this is God’s doing and not our own. While we have our part to play, we shouldn’t let our lack of confidence or personal shortcomings hold us back from offering our gifts to bless the lives of others.

For instance, Joseph was clear with the cupbearer, baker, and Pharaoh that it was God alone who had the power to interpret dreams. But he still invited these individuals to share their dreams with him. He didn’t shy away from the gift God had given him, even as he humbly recognized whose power was at work through him. And this is the posture we should take as well.

But occasionally we feel unworthy. Who am I to “interpret dreams” for others when I’m still in prison myself? And certainly there’s a place for self-evaluation – ensuring we’re being wise stewards of the life and gifts God has given us. But all too often we hold back out of a false humility, which is just another form of pride – assuming our worth is dependent on us rather than on God. 

Perhaps our life doesn’t appear as successful as we had hoped, others have doubted we have anything of value to offer, or maybe we’re just well aware of our own personal struggles and disqualify ourselves. Whatever it looks like, we do miss the mark when we focus more on who we are than God’s power at work through us. 

God often speaks through many unlikely messengers, and this might include using our gifts when we feel unworthy. And we must remember it’s not about us – allowing us to be freely used for his glory.

In the end, be a good steward of the gifts God has given you. And remember this is his power at work through you. Your gift and ability to bless others is not dependent on your own perceived worthiness.

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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