Spiritual Practice


Megan Ellenberger & Alice Mayer

Getting good grades in school has always come naturally for me and getting anything less than an A has been upsetting. I’ve been in programs for gifted students and had teachers who told me how talented or smart I was. When I was younger, I didn’t think much of it, except with occasional pride. The more I grew spiritually, however, the more uncomfortable I became with praise for being smart and gifted. I realized that people should not be praising me but, instead, should be praising God, who gave me my gifts and talents. I also realized that if all things were created to give glory to God, then so were every one of my gifts—even the ones I don’t use very often. God gave me talents for a reason: to serve others and to give God glory. Now I look for ways to use my gifts so that the world will see God.

—Megan Ellenberger, 19


Discover the right way to use God’s gifts in 1 Peter 4:10–11.

REFLECT: Have you given someone a gift, then seen it months later sitting untouched in a corner? Did you feel hurt, angry, embarrassed? Imagine how God feels when we don’t use the gifts God has given us. Made in the image of a creative God, we each have been blessed with unique talents. One of the ways we bring glory to God is to use the talents God has given us—cooking, designing apps, writing short stories, curing diseases. Don’t leave your gift unopened and unused. Use your gifts for God’s glory.

—Alice Mayer

—from devozine (March/April 2016). Copyright © 2016 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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