Author Bernard Manning once bought his kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it that said, “Toy not included.” While we may laugh out loud at this opposite instruction to what we usually find with battery operated items, Manning makes an outstanding spiritual point. Some of us spend inordinate amounts of time trying to figure out what the will of God is for our lives. We wonder where we fit in our congregations. We wring our hands over the words and best timing of our witness. When all along God is saying to us, “I've already given you the spiritual gifting, personality strengths, and life story to share with the world. You are the recipient of my power and I give it to you freely every day! Now please share that joy (the result of our toys) with others not because you have to, but because you want to based on how lavishly you have been loved, accepted & forgiven already!” This is my prayer and wish for you in 2010.
INNOVATIONewsletter - December 22, 2009