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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

What has God fashioned in you, in your personality, that you are thankful for?

I had a talk with friends last week about how humans, we of the female persuasion especially, are prone to fault-finding.  In others, yes, but mostly in self.  Self-Improvement.  Self-Awareness.  Self-Discipline. The perpetual directive loudly bouncing around in our skulls: "I must work harder to correct these flaws in myself." A needed exercise no doubt.  But the pendulum so easily shifts in only one direction, doesn't it?  We see where we need work, but do we celebrate what God has gifted within us?  Do we praise Him for the way He has crafted us with passions and abilities?  Do we even believe that we are fearfully and wonderfully made?

I know there is a fine line and balance between pride and humbly praising our Maker.  But I think when people operate in their God-given gifts it brings Him honor!

I thank Him that I am a loyal friend and daughter.  I praise Him that I have a certain innate amount of reasoning and logic and ability to build rapport, that when nurtured, make me a great Speech Therapist.  I'm grateful, along with all mothers, that I have been given an ability to hear what my children do not say and give them what they don't even know they need.

I'm also thankful that I have a degree of transparency that makes it easy to share my shortcoming and faults, of which there are many.  But that is not for today.  Today is for celebrating a creative God that knits each of us together with beauty.

Where do you see God's workmanship in yourself?  If you are so brave as to name it, then please share! At least name it as an act of worship in your heart, if not in a comment.  I praise my God when I see the different ways He has gifted my friends and family.  That is where I tend to see His creativity most on display.

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Anonymous Danny had this to say:

Some great thoughts Starr. It got me to thinking that if we can't see the wonder of what God has done in US...how can we truly see it in OTHERS.

February 7, 2012 at 11:28 AM 

Blogger Greg or Cheri had this to say:

Well-written Starr! I could sing your praises all day.

I feel deeply grateful God has made me a "do-er." He's given me a few glimpses along the way to clearly show me that this inner drive is not a product of my will, that I have no control over its coming or going, and that I would rather live in perpetual motion than any other way. This is thankfully not true for everyone, or our world would be a dangerously thoughtless place!
I suspect this gift might be the cause, and not the effect, of a full, gratifying, adventurous life (at least by my own estimation:)
Could I have fit in any more qualifiers?? ha! Thanks for a challenging post!

February 7, 2012 at 11:55 AM 

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