To get a lump of coal in a Christmas stocking is considered a gag gift—ha, ha. But that dirty chunk of coal has the makings for a beautiful diamond. This old stocking joke is a great metaphor for explaining the value of our God given gifts.
Can you recognize the value of your gift?
God, the Creator of all creation, has placed valuable gifts inside each of us. These unique attributes are tools to be used in His overall plan for humanity. Some gifts are apparent, while others are hidden treasures—developed only under pressure. We have to know by faith that are bounty is valued. Why else would God have given them to us?
Which stitch on a hem is dispensable?
Is my stitch dispensable? Ask that question to the Giver. It’s senseless and a waste of time to be envious of someone’s abilities. Instead, use that time to develop the treasures that are placed inside of you. Don’t receive the lies of the enemy that will downplay your resources. He will use you and other people to discredit what you have to offer. No gift is worthless.
Coal is useful for fuel.
If you don’t know your worth, ask God to show you your place in His will. What does He want you to do? Ask Him to direct your circumstances and situations in the right direction. That prayer, prayed from a sincere heart, will get heaven’s attention. (Proverbs 3:5-7)
As you wait for your coal to turn into diamonds—enjoy the heat.
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See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.