We were created the way we are on purpose. We may lack one thing, but someone else we know may have it. We may have certain talents they don’t, and that’s where purpose comes in. We were created to love one another and share our gifts with each other, and to build each other up. It’s not about this person having a better talent than you. Their talent isn’t better, it’s just different than yours, but the both of you serve a purpose. None of us are perfect. We need each other. So, be your best self. God will bring the right people to you, as long as you’re honoring Him! God knows exactly what you need, and soon, the pieces of your life puzzle will begin to come together and you will see the bigger picture and how each person plays a part in your life and you in theirs. So don’t beat yourself up because you can’t sing, or preach a sermon, or whatever it is, you wish you could do like someone else. Don’t covet their talent, use yours! Somebody needs you! We are all in this together. ❤️

1 Corinthians 12:14-27
14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts,[b] yet one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.

Morning motivation: Share your gift. Listen, no matter how insignificant you think your gift is, do not hide your talent. God put you here because He placed something inside of you that only you can offer the world. Many people may have the same talent, but they can’t do it like you, because God has anointed you for a specific task that before the foundations of the world, He chose you to fill. He wants to accomplish a great work in you. There’s something special about your smile, your loving spirit, your helping hand, your wisdom, your discernment, your voice, your artistic abilities, your self expression. God wants to use these things for His glory. You never know who life you may touch, just by sharing your story, talents or just allowing God to use you where you are. So, be inspired to be a light, and allow the light of Christ to help you shine bright for the world around you to see. In order to make a difference in the world, you don’t need to reach thousands of people at one time, all you have to do is reach one, and because you touch the life of that one, they will reach another, and the reach will extend further than you know. If you’re unsure of how to use your gift, just be a testament of the goodness of God, have a heart that’s open to Him and a heart to help others. God will show you your assignment, just don’t hide your talent. ❤️ Be blessed. Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Listen. One of the worst things you could do for yourself is to stay in a situation where you’re not appreciated. The Bible tells us, “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” – Matthew 7:6

You know what this means? Do not waste good things on people who will not appreciate them! Period! Take your great qualities elsewhere. Just because certain people don’t see the value in you, doesn’t mean you’re worthless… It just means they don’t share a future with you. You gotta be cool with knowing that you’re not everyone’s cup of tea, but you are somebody’s cup of coffee! 😉 So, take your gifts and talents, and everything you bring to the table elsewhere and watch God prepare a table before you in your enemies presence. (See Psalm 23:5) Don’t try to prove your worth to people who belittle you, or don’t see the value in you! That’s a waste of time when God has placed people on your path who needs everything you have to offer. The only affirmation, confirmation or validation you truly need is God’s! His Spirit will do the drawing! 3F654F0D-30D8-4AD3-AFCB-D3D7D6E41C0D

Don’t allow your present circumstances to stop you from fulfilling your dreams. The last thing you want, is to be like the man who hid his talent out of fear. (Read Matthew 25:14-30). Fear that you don’t have what it takes. Fear that you’ll fail miserably. Fear that it will turn out to be a bad investment. Fear that you could lose everything. Fear of what the world may say or think.

The thing about fear is that it causes one to focus on self, rather than God. Fear is based on how we feel about a matter, rather than the truth of the matter. The truth of the matter is, when God graced you with talent, He also equipped you on the inside with everything you  need. The gift is yours, you already have what it takes inside of you. Don’t allow external factors to cause you to hide what God has given to you, or to cause you not to do what God has put in your heart to do. Don’t live a life of should’ve, would’ve, could’ve, because that’s a life of excuse and regret. Make the decision to do. Step out on faith and take action. God knew everything about you before you knew yourself. He knew your family background, where you’d grow up, what schools you you’d attend, your flaws and all, and yet, He still gave you that special gift to share with the world, because none of those things are a factor. You just have to make a decision to trust God and believe that you can, and you will. Philippians 1:6, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

Be mindful of who or what you’re following. You’ve heard these sayings, “Follow your heart.” “Follow your dreams.” An influencer may say, “Follow me on social media.” All too often we’re so busy following other people or our own desires, that we fail to realize that anything (including our own desires) that we seek or follow more than we follow God, is a recipe for disaster, and let me tell you why. We were all born with a talent. The talent that God gifted us with is supposed to be used to glorify Him. That’s our gift back to Him. But what happens when you focus on the talent, more than He who equipped you with the talent? You begin to follow your dreams first, instead of following Christ. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” People, we should be looking to God first, and our dreams will follow us. God will lead us to our destiny. We shouldn’t be out here looking to people, things or ourselves to fulfill our God given destiny. We should be looking to God. Looking to anything or anyone other than God will cause us to use our gifts for the wrong things. We’ll be out here using our God given talents for self gratification and vain glory. You know what else will happen? When you follow people and not God first, you give them the power to dictate how you use your talent. Which is why, if you do your research, many people in Pop culture aren’t happy. They feel like they can’t be who they are, they have to be their labels “image” of who they are. Don’t sell yourself short folks. Follow God, and everything else in life will follow you. You won’t have to seek these things first. God will lead you to these things. Blessings will be added unto you. And another thing, don’t follow your heart, unless you’ve first asked God to speak to it, and I’m going to tell you why. Because the heart can be deceptive. After all, your heart is yours, and it’s going to want what it wants naturally… Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” Have you ever followed your heart and fell in love with someone you know darn well wasn’t right for you… but, your heart said give that person a chance? Then what you thought was love, ended in heartbreak? That’s because the heart wants you to do what feels right, but doing what we feel is right and doing what God says is right are two different things. A lot of times our right is tied to our own motives. God’s right, which is THE RIGHT WAY, will have us living with purpose, which means our life will be fruitful, because we’re looking to Him. Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Don’t look to people to put you on, God will put you on, and He will connect you to the right people. Don’t look to the things of this world, because the things of this world don’t make you, the Word of God does! Don’t look to yourself, because there’s only so much you can do, and not only that but selfishness separates us from God, we can’t love or live the life God intended for us to live if we’re selfish. So, in conclusion, follow God FIRST, and your dreams (the desires of your heart) will follow you. ❤️

Comparison cripples purpose. I’m going to say it again for the people in the back… 🗣🗣🗣COMPARISON CRIPPLES PURPOSE! If a person is too busy comparing someone’s else’s strengths to their personal weaknesses, how is the scale balanced? If a person is too busy dissecting someone else’s life, how can they get their own life together or walk in their God given purpose?

Oftentimes when we compare our life to others, we do it on an unbalanced scale. For instance: Jill is a natural born singer. She practically came out of the womb singing and has been in talent competitions since she was two years old, later it gained her a decent following base on social media, and now that she’s 18, she has a record deal and it appears as though she’s living the life. Kara is also a natural born singer who has been in talent competitions since the age two. She was also a baby model, and as she grew she became a promotional model for commercials, and by six, she had a regular role in a television series.

Kara is now 18, and is known all over the world for her singing and acting roles. If Jill compared her life to Kara’s, instead of counting her blessings, she’d see that they both have the same talent, but she’d wonder why things worked out better for Kara, when she’s been working just as hard. She’d wonder why it took her eighteen years to get a record deal, and Kara got her first gig at the age two. Jill wouldn’t be comparing their lives on a balanced scale, because although they both can sing, Kara’s also an actor, and because of the early exposure to the entertainment industry that she’d had as a baby, it has gained her much success. Kara also worked hard for her success, and it cost her years of childhood that she couldn’t enjoy.

Jill on the other hand, had a fulfilling childhood, and also worked hard to compete in talent shows, but she didn’t have the same exposure as Kara. It took her longer to get discovered. From a pessimist point of view, they’d only see that Kara has it made, and that they’ve worked hard all these years and don’t have anything compared to what Kara has. They’d look at Kara’s house, salary, and other material things and get depressed. An optimist on the other hand would first count their blessings, instead of compare.

They’d understand that life is meant to be a journey, and not a competition. They’d be thankful that their hard work is paying off, even if it took longer than it takes others. They’d understand Ecclesiastes 9:11 which says, “I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.” In other words, this scripture is saying just because you’re the best at something, it doesn’t mean you’ll be in a high position or attain success quickly. Life happens! 🤷🏾‍♀️

The story above is just an analogy, because sometimes it’s not what a person knows, it’s who they know, but the same principle applies. You really don’t know the sacrifice. Oftentimes we see a person’s glory, without knowing their story. I believe that if we had a peep into some of the people’s lives that we compare our lives to, we’d thank God more for what we have and complain less about what we don’t. You don’t have what it takes to live their life, because it’s THEIR LIFE (journey) to live, not yours, and vice versa.

We all have a price to pay for the life we want, whether we have to give up something to make room for something else, or even give up someone, who’s been holding us back from becoming who we’re meant to be. Becoming oneself takes sacrifice! Comparing your journey to others will only upset and depress you! You don’t know what a person had to sacrifice to become who they are, so count your blessings, focus on your strengths, and know your true value. I can guarantee you that you’ll be much happier with who you are, and where you are in life if you do these things.

Lastly, don’t let things be your goal. The real goal is Heaven! Be blessed. ❤️