The ability to help others reach their full potential by means of encouraging, challenging, comforting and guiding.This gift has also been called encouragement. However, using this particular term states that you are encouraging someone which typically means you are saying something nice and uplifting to them. This is, by all means, extremely necessary in the body of Christ, but not the only action that is needed. My friend in San Antonio says, “you’re my own personal Dr. Phil” because I tell it like it is. Granted, we’ve been friends for over 11 years so I’ve pretty much earned the right to do that with her. She has never accused me of showing too much mercy. In fact, I run pretty low in that department, if I’m being gut-level honest. This gift of exhortation is in me. Deep down inside me. I absolutely breathe it and love to operate in it. While others may struggle with seeing the good in a situation or in someone, I can find it. It’s just how I’m wired…plain and simple. Please do not let this post come across as arrogance. I assure you, it is not. As I mentioned above, I know how God has wired me and I know how He has not. Which brings me to the title of my post. Thank you. They aren’t hard words to say. Really, it’s just two little words. It’s “thank” and “you”. I bet if you try to say them right now as you are sitting at your computer, you can do it. Go ahead. Give it a try. Why do so many people have a hard time saying those two words? Especially when someone is saying something encouraging to them? If you are one of those people, my exhortation to you is to get over it and say the words. See, I’m already into my gifting this morning 🙂 Because I operate in my gifting regularly, I am making sure that I obey the prompting of God’s Spirit when he puts something on my heart. In the case of encouragement, when I think something nice or positive about someone, I tell the person. And often I am met with a “Oh, it’s really God” or “I’m just a sinner saved by grace”… Blah, blah, blah. When you say that to me or to anyone else who is trying to build you up LIKE THE BIBLE SAYS TO DO, you are robbing that individual of using his/her gift. I’m just sayin’. So, please, let me use my gift. Let the other people around you use their gifts. And if you don’t know your gift, there are numerous online resources to help you figure it out. Just do a search of spiritual gifts and you’ll see a slew of online assessments. Because you have something to offer the body of Christ. I’ve told you how I’m wired. I’d like to know how you are. Do tell.
I know who I am. I am a child of the King. I am more than a conquerer in Christ. I am chosen. I know how God has wired me. I also know how He has not. My passion is writing, my calling is mentoring and my primary spiritual gifting is exhortation. I have looked at many a website and read a handful of books on the subject of spiritual gifts in my life. For those of you who aren’t sure what exhortation means, I thought I’d give you a definition. This comes from the KodaChrome website.