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A Weekend in Review: Understanding Your Gifts

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As we continued our series, #adulting this past weekend Pastor Rick talked about how adulting is healthy. One of the major verses he unpacked was in 1 Peter 4:10 where it is written:

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

Pastor Rick stated that we have specific gifts from God that make us unique. From communication skills to being a great listener, God has given us all skills that we can use to glorify him. Rick also began to point out that once we start using those gifts to glorify God, we don’t just become happy, we become joyful. Through God’s grace, we receive His gifts, which brings us joy. Joy is a byproduct of serving the Lord.

Pastor Rick also spoke that while we all have gifts, it’s a matter of how we steward them. Making the decision to serve the Lord with our gifts is a step toward growth as well. This decision is a declaration that we are no longer satisfied with living inside your comfort zone and taking a step by using our unique talents for the Lord.

Take up the challenge this week to see how you can serve the Lord with your gifts. Look for opportunities to serve outside of your comfort zone. If you don’t know what your unique gifts are, that’s okay! Take some time this week to pray and reflect on how God has made you. If you’re looking for opportunities to serve at E91, head over to our website at east91st.org for more information.

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Self-Care: Something We All Need

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It’s important to talk self-care because it seems like it’s something we don’t think we need. The reality is, it's critical that we have self-care for a healthy lifestyle. I know it sounds crazy to take time from your busy schedules to care for yourself, but believe me, it is so good for you. To put this into perspective, consider your car. What does it need in order for you to drive it? You guessed it: gas. What happens when your car does not have any gas? It can't go anywhere until you fill it up again. In a lot of ways, you are like your car. If you keeping going and going without taking time to replenish your tank, you are going to sputter out on the freeway, in the need to call a tow truck.

One of the most important things to keep in mind when considering implementing self-care into your schedule is that it does not need to be complicated. Something as simple as taking a break from chores to go on a walk outside for thirty minutes or listening to some calm music and reading a good book can do wonders. Take some time to consider what might be some ways that you can replenish your tank and write it down. Is it adding a bubble bath after a long day at the office? Or is it taking something away such as saying “no” to another volunteer opportunity so you can have a game night with the kids? Whatever it is, go for it and do not be afraid to partake in a little self-care.

If you need help in thinking through how you can take some time and care for yourself, we’d love to talk with you. Schedule an appointment with our counseling ministry at east91st.org or by calling 317-598-1580.

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