Surprise!!! Keisha asked me to guest blog today and I consider that a great privilege! I must admit…..she is such a great writer I am a little nervous so be nice to me:) For those of you who don’t know who I am, I am lovingly referred to often on this blog as “the mister.” I am the lucky guy that married the beautiful lady that runs this fancy page! If you’re anything like me, you have received great encouragement, cried some good tears, and even learned something about “what’s in” and “what’s out” here at Keisha’s blog.
With that being said, I think I’ll take a few moments to encourage you a bit myself today! How many of you have something you would love to do, but you just can’t see how it can even fit into your life? After all, there’s work, children, classes, appointments to get your nails done, workout time(pray for me on this one), bills to pay, favorite shows to watch, date nights, soccer games, dance practice, church on the weekends(you should go and not just watch on the internet:), facebook updates, tweets, and a million other things grasping at every second of your time! Wow….it’s mentally draining at times just to think about it! Nestled somewhere in the middle of all of the things that life seems to demand of us lies the part of you that is made for more than tasks, to do lists, and appointments. The you that wants to feel like you’re doing more than just running like a chicken with it’s head cut off! So where I am I going with this?
I have seen in my own life at times that we can create so many things to do, that we take away our ability to do what we love the most. The things that bring true satisfaction in our lives. I have also found that most of the time, the “thing” that we are missing, and are often “too busy” to do involves giving away our gifts. For those of you who regularly find the time to serve humanity with your gifting, you can attest to the fact that there is no greater satisfaction than being the answer to someone else’s question. Or even being the God intended solution to someone else’s problem.
Whether it’s serving in your local church, feeding the homeless at a shelter, being “team mom” for a bunch of little sweaty kids, or sending a note of encouragement to a friend who may be in crisis, there is a fulfillment that comes to your life when you make time to “gift” yourself to others. Someone, some organization, or even your own family are waiting on the thing that only you can provide.
Take this blog for example. I have watched Keisha for some time have a deep desire to write. For years she has wanted to do it not because she wants to have a cool blog, but because something inside of her has wanted to share her gifts to help someone else! It has been like a butterfly pushing to get out of a cocoon. In the past, she felt like she was so busy she couldn’t think of adding another thing to the plate, but the desire would never leave!
Finally it was like a line was drawn in the sand……No more would she sit back and allow the “thing” that she knew she must do be stopped! It has landed her in the Cory house with the nickname “blogger girl” by our kids! It has required her to push back and become a better time manager and cut out the stuff that is unnecessary. She began to ask herself the question we all must face, “What is it worth for me to be able to find fulfillment and maximize my gifting?” Is this her job? No….it definitely doesn’t provide any big “paycheck” in the sense that we in America consider “work.” It does so much more for her than any amount of money could provide.
Bottom line…..it’s time for you to become more than a series of reminders on your iphone or blackberry of the things that you have to do. It’s time for you to reveal the unique thing inside of you that God needs on the earth NOW. It’s time for you to get a nickname:) So what will your nickname be? Go get it, and watch the rest of your life be filled with satisfaction that only comes from within. Blessings to you all…..it’s been great to have a cup of coffee with you! BTW….my real name is Trent