We all possess unique gift

I often hear people say they do not have any talent, no abilities and nothing to offer. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I spent 31 years in the classroom, and not once did I find a child who did not possess something wonderful. Whether it was faith, hope, a sweet spirit, some special ability or just plain love, each child had something to contribute to the world.

Teachers and parents play an important role in recognizing talents in children and nurturing and encouraging these traits; the children can soar to great heights.

Moses thought he didn’t have anything to offer. He asked God, “Who am I?” (Exodus 3:11) In other words, “I am just a lowly man,” but Moses soon found out “with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

God asked Moses, “What is in your hand?” (Exodus 4:2) God is asking the same question today. Little is much with God. With God’s help, anything can be accomplished. Everyone has something. I have never met a person who did not have a special gift.

One might think: “I’m only one person. What difference can I possibly make?” One person can do a lot of things. One person’s hard work resulted in the polio vaccine. A doctor’s hand can do wonders. One person’s vote can decide an election. One person’s loving care can affect another’s destiny. A volunteer’s hand can make all the difference.

I have had many blessings from people’s hands that have had a great influence upon my life. Among other things, I have found honesty, integrity, dignity, faith, patience, prayer warriors, determination, perseverance and a willingness to work and do the best that can be done.

I believe God gives talent and purpose for his children. When our youngest granddaughter was about 5, I could see God’s gift in her. She was always joyful, and I told her about her gift. That night when her mother tucked her in bed, she said, “I love my gift. It just fits.” She is now 18, and the joy she has still remains.

Last summer we had a flat on the air base road. A man and his teenage son stopped immediately. They worked and worked in the heat and humidity taking off the flat tire and replacing the spare. We tried to pay him, but he said, “No. My mother had a flat, and someone helped her, so I’m paying back a good thing.”

I’m thanking him again wherever he is. “Thank you for your helping hands.”

Look at what is in your hand. Every time you stand against evil and take a stand for righteousness, you influence someone else. You make a difference when you share God’s love with a hurting human being. The kindness in your hand will reach out to another and to another and still another.

“If you will humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, in his good time he will lift you up (2 Peter 5:6 TLB).”

“A thousand may fall at your side, 10,000 at your right hand, but it will not come near you (Psalm 91:7 NRSV).”

God uses ordinary people like you and me to accomplish his purposes.

Look at what is in your hand today.

Use it for God’s glory.

It makes the world a better place.