Yesterday was my birthday - another year on that clock. It was a very nice day, we went and had an ultrasound of the baby (legs were in the way, no cheating as to if a boy or a girl), had a picnic, and went out to dinner. It was a nice relaxing day.
But, as usual, it got me thinking. We are blessed with the number of years that we have, and the thoughts I had revolved around what I am doing and how (or if) I am making a difference with the life I have been given.
As I gave Sierra a bath this morning, I was reminded that the greatest sermon I will every preach is the one that involves my actions, rather than words. Being the best husband and father that I can - helping our daughter grow knowing that she is loved and cared for, empowering her to do what she is called to do in life. Also, lifting up Jennifer to so that she can continue to follow her dreams and letting her know every day that she is a blessing to me.
Our actions, what we do with what we have been given, are so important. It is through the ways that we live out our lives that we show the world of the love that God has for his creation.
So every year, around this time, I take a little inventory of myself. I ask the questions - am I demonstrating the love of God in what I do and say, what areas do I need to grow in (for we all have growth areas), and what areas have I missed the mark? This inventory helps me to make wahtever changes are needed so that I may use those gifts I have been blessed with, and not just let them sit on the shelf.
So today, my prayers revolve aournd using our gifts. May we all see what God has given to us and use them in ways that glorify God and build up others. For we have the opportunity to be that physical presence of grace in the lives of others.