I read a lot of blogs these days. Because 5 minute chunks of time for reading is about all I can handle.
[Sidenote: Sometimes I worry that I’ve broken the part of my brain that could focus on a mental task for more than 10 minutes. I’m blaming motherhood for that, but I wonder if it’s more a cultural trend.]
So, anyway, I read mostly Christian, mom blogs. [Maybe I should diversify my blog-reading, but that’s not what this post is about…]
Generally, these blogs strive to encourage and challenge other moms in their walk with the Lord. Which is great. I need that. The Bible even tells us to encourage one another and build each other up (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
BUT lately, it seems like everything I’m reading focuses on areas where we might be falling short. Presumably because those are probably the areas where we most need encouragement. Things like being patient as a mom, practicing hospitality, housekeeping things, developing a regular prayer time, loving our children well, loving our husband well, being a good friend, focusing on self-care and on and on.
And before I go any further with this post, let me say clearly, there is nothing wrong with those posts. Nothing. I need all the encouragement I can get in most of those areas (ok, ok, all of those areas). There’s a reason I read the blogs I do—I want to be spurred on towards love and good works (Hebrews 10:24). And heck, I do the exact same thing on my own blog (or I try to)!
However, with all the focus on areas where we need help and encouragement, I think we forget an important piece. We don’t often acknowledge the ways where we are doing well, the things that do come easily to us
No matter who you are, there is something that you do well. There are areas of motherhood and life where you don’t struggle, areas where you actually shine!
Maybe you are really good at keeping your house clean and organized. Maybe you find joy in mopping.
Maybe you are naturally patient with your kids.
Maybe you find joy in throwing elaborate, Pinterest-worthy birthday parties.
Maybe you are thrifty.
Maybe you love inviting others into your home.
Maybe you are consistently in the Word and in prayer.
Maybe you do super-creative educational projects with your kids.
Maybe you are really good at selfies in the mirror aisle at Hobby Lobby.
Do you get the idea? You excel in some way. Yet, too often, we push those gifts aside or long for a different gift or dwell on the 318 ways we could be doing better.
Granted, I know that it wouldn’t be healthy (or fruitful) to spend all our time talking about the ways we do things well. But I think there is value in sharing our gifts.
So, today, I want to hear from you. Yes, really, you.
What do you do well?
And if you share (and I hope you will), don’t make excuses or be apologetic about your gift. Be proud of the gifts the Lord has given you. I know it will encourage my heart to hear how you are uniquely gifted!
[P.S. If you can’t think of anything, ask someone who is close to you for some ideas. I bet your friends could give you a few ideas. We are often so critical of ourselves (and even of our own gifts) that we are blind to our strengths.]