I have been beyond excited to be a part of the launch team for Jen Hatmaker’s new book, For the Love. It has only been a week and the lessons from the book and the discussions within the launch team have been awesome. The full title of the book is, For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards. I can’t say much about the book yet, but let me share this quote: “You are good at something for a reason. God designed you this way, on purpose. It isn’t fake or a fluke or small. These are the mind and heart and hands and voice you’ve been given, so use them.” So I have been encouraged to use my gifts, and to support others to using theirs. Go us!
The sermon given by Dr. John Bryan at church on Sunday just built on this lesson. The sermon was titled “Step Out . . . of the Salt Shaker.” The verse from Matthew tells us that we are the salt of the earth. What does that mean? Dr. Bryan encouraged us to look at what salt is used for – to preserve and to flavor. Spiritually salty people preserve God’s Word and make a difference, they spread the saltiness, they flavor the world. Salt is useless just sitting in its container. Get out of the salt shaker!
So I was challenged. I had already been reading about being myself and using my gifts – now I was shown I needed to apply these lessons. So I am trying to apply them. Using my own special set of gifts. I don’t have to be like that other mom to be a good mom; I don’t have to be like that other teacher to be a good teacher; I don’t have to be like that other Christian to be a good Christian. I just have to serve God with my gifts the best way I can.
Simple, yet profound lessons. Be you. Embrace your gifts. Share Jesus. Be salty!