Encouraged to Flourish | Abbey Williams

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This week we talked about what it looks like to be responsible with the privileges we’ve been given and the importance of being faithful in the little things, and the simple but significant truth is this: nothing we have is ours.

Our time, our money, our gifts, even our loved ones… we don’t own any of it. Everything we have Jesus has entrusted us with. So the question is, are we going to steward it well or be lazy and waste what God has blessed us with?

As we continued to dig deeper into this pillar of Privileged Responsibility we focused more on what that looks like in terms of our gifts; God has uniquely gifted each and every one of us and it is up to us to be obedient in carrying out those gifts. However, a lot of us either don’t know what our gifts are or we are just letting fear hold us back from using them. This is why it’s important to listen to those echos of encouragement in our life, so that we may discover what we’re gifted at and start being intentional about maximizing those gifts.

Adam Donyes (the founder of Link Year) illustrated this by having everybody write their name on the classroom windows, then we were told to go around and write authentic words of encouragement/affirmation by the other names so as to call out the gifts we see within our peers, and finally afterwards we were told to go back and read what was written by our name. I think I speak for everyone when I say that those words sincerely touched my heart.

I think it’s a great reminder for all of us to be more aware and intentional about building one another up and calling out the strengths we see in others, so as to encourage them to flourish and use their gifts for the advancement of the Kingdom.

I pray that as we discover our unique gifts and open our eyes to the privileges God has blessed us with we will have hearts of gratitude and be good & faithful stewards. May we live our lives seeing responsibility and work as an opportunity to worship God and maximize our gifts for His glory.

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’” -Matthew 25:23

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” -1 Thessalonians 5:11