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Let the Lord Use You
by Carl E. Carey, Jr.

I can remember it like it was yesterday. My wife, who was actually my fiancée at the time, had something she felt she had to say to me. We were leaving the Church building after worship service and she was frustrated. Suddenly she said, "Carl, you have so much more to offer than what you're doing for God right now." I, honestly, didn't know how to respond to that statement. At the time, I was attending worship service nearly every Sunday, but like so many men, I was content with sitting in my seat and watching the other brothers lead and participate in the service. My fiancée was not only frustrated with my lack of involvement in Church, but she was basically challenging me. She was challenging me to step up and use the talent that God had given me for His work and His purpose.

To be honest, I really don't know why was an attendee rather than an active and involved member of the Church. Was I just being lazy? Did I not feel worthy? Was I waiting to be asked by the leaders in the Church? I truly don't know what it was, but I know that many of our brothers are struggling with the same thing.

Thanks to being nudged and encouraged by the minister at the congregation I attend now, I am fully involved in the Church as a member, teacher and leader. And you know what—I have never felt better about myself as it relates to fulfilling my obligation to God and using my talents for His purpose. Going to Church has new meaning to me now. What I didn't know when I was sitting in the pews was that when you are fully involved in Church, it is an entirely different experience. You feel more responsibility to live as God would have you to live… You form bonds and friendships with other men who love the Lord… You feel more connected and supported. All of those years, I was missing out on a lot.

In Romans 12: 6-8, the Bible tells us that we all have a spiritual gift that God has given us and that we should use that gift for the benefit of others. God has given me the gift of teaching—so I plan to teach for Him for the rest of my life. I must admit that I would be a horrible song leader!! But, I can teach a pretty good bible class. My point is that you should use your gift. Maybe you're great with your hands and can help maintain the Church building or maybe you enjoy outdoor activities and would be great at organizing field trips and activities for the youth. The possibilities are truly endless.

Use your God-given talent for God's work. Choose a task that you enjoy and then give yourself to it as a gift to the Lord. You will truly impact and bless the lives of others.

Remember—it is both a privilege and a responsibility to give a little back to God for all the blessings He has given to you.

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