GIFTS. GAUGES. GAMES.
GIFTS. GAUGES. GAMES.
For every person. No matter who they are. How old they are. No matter their spiritual status or maturity. Every soul must pay attention and live in their GIFTS. GAUGES. GAMES.
Are you living in your gifts? This means that you are working in your ‘sweet spot.’ We all should align our lives so that what we do in life and ministry leans more on our strengths than our weaknesses.
Hear me out, though. No one should abandon all actions that lean into our weaknesses because these can be significant growth opportunities. But we should also recognize that we have certain gifts, and we should work in those to bless others.
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. - 1 Peter 4:10-11
Are you checking your gauges? You have physical, emotional, and spiritual gauges, and you must be aware of where you are in those three categories. Don’t be the person that never checks the gauges until it is too late and you are stranded on the side of the road because the check engine light has been warning you for the last three years.
This happens in life as well. We have a season where we are slowly depleting, and if not checked, we will arrive at a place known as ‘burn out.’
Too many people go through life at 100 miles an hour and never stop. Never stop to check their own health. Care for their physical health (the temple). People never stop to look internally and see where they are emotionally. There is a stigma on counseling for too many, but we all need it. We need to process appropriately and in a healthy manner. People never stop and see where they are spiritually. Many claim to accept the truths of the Scriptures, but they have neglected to know them and know Jesus.
As we all get older, we have lost the art of playing games. Oh, how beautiful it was to go outside and play games with friends. Just stop and look at your kids (once the electronics are removed) either play games that we too played as children, or they are so creative they will make a new game from nothing.
No matter our age, we need to learn to play games again. Maybe a better way to understand this is we need a hobby or a couple. The motorcycle in the garage. The golf course on a Saturday. The yarn in your closet. The crafts in the extra room. The garden in your backyard. The weekend hike.
The games that we act on aid in us escaping from the intense pace of life. It aids in us disconnecting and reconnecting with our souls.
So, how are you living out your GIFTS? How are you checking your GAUGES? And what GAMES are you adding to your life?