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Finding Your Sweet Spot - Encouragement for Today - February 12, 2014

T. Suzanne Eller

February 12, 2014

Finding Your Sweet Spot
Suzie Eller

“There are different kinds of gifts. But it is the same Holy Spirit Who gives them. There are different kinds of work to be done for Him. But the work is for the same Lord." 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NLV)

This past year I fell into the Pinterest frenzy. My Christmas gifts were wrapped in burlap, tied with twine and adorned with decorative pinecones and silver snowflakes.

I repurposed a hutch, painting it creamy white with grey edging.

I happily pinned new recipes, remedies and decorating ideas to my boards in hopes of one day seeing them come to life.

Well, that is, until my daughter surveyed my work on the hutch. She walked around it, one time, then again, shaking her head. And in her honest way she said, "Mom, sometimes you just have to know what your sweet spot is ... and what it isn't."

The hutch was a Pinterest fail. The paint was streaky. There were brown spots shining through, and not in the cool, distressed way like in the picture. My burlap presents were a hit, but the amount of time it took ... did it really make me happy? I love cooking, but lettuce wraps with hoisin sauce? They were so bad I wondered if I'd picked up "poison" sauce instead.

There's nothing wrong with learning something new, and if your sweet spot is repurposing furniture and making your home beautiful, I love that about you. But we often spend a lot of time trying to be something we aren't.

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul describes the church (you and me) as multi-faceted and uniquely gifted. We were designed differently on purpose so that we can come together to make a whole.

What is your sweet spot? How has God gifted you for His purposes?

Apparently I'm not the next decorating diva, but I am still gifted. Here are a few of my sweet spots:

• Sitting in my living room and writing words to encourage others.
• Teaching the Bible and seeing it come to life in the heart of a woman.
• Making a hearty meal and having people around my table.
• Dancing in the living room with my grandbabies.

God can use these sweet spots for His purposes. In a devotion like this. Or opening my home to study the Bible with friends. God uses my unique design when I invite a neighbor or friend for dinner and board games after.

And my dancing with my grandbabies? I love to think this sweet spot matters as I plant the joy of the Lord in their tender little hearts.

How has God formed and fashioned you? If it's hospitality and making a home beautiful, then there are people who will be touched by that gift. If it's humor and laughter, then someone needs to find that joy, too. If it's teaching, teach. If it's dancing in the living room with your babies, then dance away.

And then, together, let's use those sweet spots to draw people to a God who loves them and is waiting to reveal their gifting, too.

Dear Lord, I've often compared myself to others, or underestimate what You can do through me. Today I offer up those things I love the best, and ask that You show me creative ways that I can use them to impact others for You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
Would you like to bring Suzie Eller to your church? Click here to find out more about considering Suzie as your next retreat/keynote speaker.

Visit Suzie's blog for an interview with Angela Moran, a stay-at-home mom whose surprising "sweet spot" (a love of purses) has freed thousands of women from slavery.

What Happens When Women Say Yes to God? by Lysa TerKeurst

Reflect and Respond:
Brainstorm! Write down your sweet spots (those things you love or areas where you are naturally gifted), even if it seems insignificant.

Then pray this prayer: God, I love You and I love {fill in the blank}. How can I use these two things to bring glory to You?

Power Verses:
Romans 12:6-8, "In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly." (NLT)

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