November 17th,2017 -DEVOTE

As I write these devotions, I happen to be in West Palm Beach, Florida for a Board of Directors meeting for Via de Cristo ( I have always had a hard time sitting through meetings like this, or Church Council meetings, Elders meetings, etc. It’s not because I don’t think they’re important meetings, they just drain me. I always kind of figured that I had somewhat of an attention span deficit or lacked the ability to concentrate so hard on what I considered mundane. I got bored easily and still am constantly wondering when we’re going to be done or when we can talk about something else. Let me tell you, I have a great appreciation for those who are geared to lead, endure and even enjoy these types of meetings.

Recently, my bride helped me discover some things about myself, things I would have appreciated knowing years ago that could have prevented me from getting involved in which I had no right doing.

My bride recently became a consultant for a group called Career Direct ( Career Direct is an individual, personal growth resource designed to help you maximize your God-given talents and abilities. But it’s more than just a simple career test. It helps you analyze four critical areas of your life, unlike some other career assessments which might only do one or two. The four areas are: personality, interest, skills and values.

What I found out taking this assessment is, I don’t have deficiencies. I’m uniquely created by my God and there are just some things that I am not created to do. What I really need to do is focus on what He has created me for, designed me for, gifted me for.

That’s what I thought of today as Acts chapter 6. The newly founded Christian church was growing. Many things had to be taken care of and some people starting complaining that the apostles weren’t getting things done. They were feeling neglected and overlooked. The apostles told the people to choose seven men who were respected, wise and filled with the Holy Spirit to take over the responsibilities they were asking for so the apostles could focus their attention praying, serving God and preaching (Acts 6:2-4 CEV). It was a brilliant decision that pleased everyone. It wasn’t that the apostles thought we were too good to do those responsibilities as much as they knew who they were and what God had for them to do.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Know who you are… know how God created you… use what He’s given you to do what He’s called you to do. You and I weren’t meant to do everything, but were meant to do what our Father gifted us to do. What’s your passion? And are you doing it?

Thank You for uniquely creating me for Your purposes. Help me focus on what You’ve created me for. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen