God has placed an abundance of extravagant gifts inside of each and every one of His children. Don’t you agree that there are people all around us that are waiting to be encouraged and helped by these God-given gifts? I was recently reminded of this truth by none other than a sick mama turtle. A wise TALKING turtle? No, actually I encountered this matronly reptile one Saturday morning as my TV remote led me to a veterinarian show.
I sat mesmerized as the vet carefully performed an operation on this turtle. Yep, a turtle operation. Definitely something you don’t see every day. The pre-op x-ray had shown that this mother was full of her own mature eggs that had never been born. Her baby turtles were ready to start their journeys but, because they had not been launched, were rotting inside of her body. No wonder she had been refusing to eat and drink and was on the verge of dying. She was created to produce offspring, and those life forms that she was carrying had a set time to be released for their future health and for hers.
That sick mama and her ultimate recovery got me thinking. Aren’t we as Christians the same way? We were created to give out all the amazing gifts that our Creator has placed inside of us. We were made to send forth ideas, acts of service, and encouraging words, yet if we don’t share them with others we become dissatisfied . . . sick if you will.
We grew up in the church hearing about how much others need what we have, but lately I’ve been thinking about that turtle and the fact that she was the one that was in need. She needed to release all that was inside of her . . . for her own life. I believe the gifts, talents, ideas, and teachings we have inside of us are yearning to be born, not just for the sake of the world around us but just as importantly for our own spiritual health. We sure have received a lot of sermons, worship songs, and teachings, but are we also passing them on to others?
I want to encourage us today to make some practical steps for our own spiritual health and ask ourselves, Who needs what I am carrying? Who can I mentor? What administrative help can I give to someone? Or is there a widow that needs my help with home repairs?
It’s a privilege to be maturing right next to you as we grow and become all that He has intended us to be! Let’s get out there and love on people. For their sake . . . and ours.
Galatians 6:2—Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Philippians 2:4—Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.