Use What's Given

I could still feel the adrenaline rush from most of my co-workers working PM shift last night [Friday], as I got to work and placed my transparent purse with all my nursing tools. Everyone was talking about the “Code Blue” they had prior to my arrival in a particular unit and how the male inmate almost didn’t make it.

Fortunately, it was a great group working together last night and one of the particular nurses who was a Trauma Nurse outside, adeptly coordinated the life-saving effort to revive this man who shot up some heroin into his arm. But I also wanted to commend each of those nurses, some who might not be a trauma nurse, but all of them had special skills they contributed to help in that tug-of war they were in, to save this man between life and death.

I often wondered how much I am able to contribute each night that I am at work. Not only at work, but also with my family, with my loved ones and other places. Working in the prison now for almost 11 years, some of the skills I had learned from Orthopedics I must have forgotten, even lost.

That is what’s going to happen if our God-given talents or abilities are not used. We must not feel inferior to anyone though. Because God had given each of us special skills to use for His glory. So, we must never underestimate our capabilities.

We must be all working together, coordinating a life-saving effort to those walking around us who are spiritually dead. Only the life-saving power of Christ could revive anyone. Jesus came to share about God and His Kingdom and while he was away now for a while, us, followers, should be productive and faithful during His temporary absence.

“But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells about him?” ~ Romans 10:14 [NLT]

“Yes,” the king replied, ‘but to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away.” - Luke 19:26

What are your special talents and abilities? How can you use them for God’s work in this world? Let us use our talents or they will diminish!

Lord, help us and continue to guide us with Your divine wisdom. Protect us Lord against the works of evil. Give us the boldness and the courage to be able to share the Good News to those who are perishing. I was like them before Oh, Lord. Thank You for saving us. I pray for Your mercy despite the many rebellion that continues to be displayed from many stubborn hearts. Help us Lord to be productive with what You have given us. Help us determine what they are. Remind us about a young boy who had just 5 loaves of bread and 2 fishes, yet, with everything that he had, his faith found that key that made him surrender all he has gotten to Your hands. Give us the strength Lord to press on until You return. May everything we do, be done in Your glory.

May Your will be done Lord! Thank You for Your love and mercy! In Jesus’ Name. Amen.


11 comments:

  1. Yes Lord continue to guide each and everyone of our lives. Do Your will in our lives. Thank you Rosel for such a wonderful post. Five Loaves and Two Fishes video was equally wonderful. Blessings.

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  2. I sometimes look at my life and wonder what I have to offer. The King of Kings to those who are searching for meaning in a sometimes cruel world. Some of what happens in this life will not be known why until we cross the other side. I just want to be able to say I did my best for Jesus.

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  3. I'm so thankful that we just have to be willing...even if we don't know how or what to do...Me? I'm a chicken...and a fighter...and yet somehow...there are times...I know He uses me to give someone hope. That blows me away...Have a great weekend...stay strong and safe....

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  4. This is so true. We need to exercise our faith. We need to use the blessings and talents God gives us.
    Wonderful post!
    Lyn

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  5. "the life-saving power of Christ" - wow, when I think of the work of Jesus, the only way to salvation and eternal life, I truly see that He is the life-saving power ... the Savior of the world! Praise, and honor, and glory to God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ!

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  6. I do not profess to have any spiritual gifts for fear of being boastful and prideful. Only my desire to have one. although I have taken the gifts evaluation test a few times,it seems to change depending on my mood.

    I have found that trusting in God's grace and lead dictates what gift I may use unknowingly at any given time. Perhaps that is a gift.

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  7. As always, you find the nuggets of truth in your everyday work life. God bless you as you use your gifts behind prison walls.

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  8. I don't know what Code Blue is, but I do know that God wants us to use the talents He has given us. How do I know? A couple of years ago, I experienced a locution: "I gave you the gift of words; use them for Me." It was a wake-up call. I have not stopped writing since, and I try to ensure that what I write is for God, not for me. I guess it is similar with your nursing skills.

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  9. @ sister Elizabeth: I apologize for not explaining what "Code Blue" means. Whether in prison or hospitals, it just means that someone is down and needs CPR. Either that person is in cardiac or respiratory arrest.

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  10. Amen Rosel!!!

    And I especially love this:

    "We must be all working together, coordinating a life-saving effort to those walking around us who are spiritually dead. Only the life-saving power of Christ could revive anyone. Jesus came to share about God and His Kingdom and while he was away now for a while, us, followers, should be productive and faithful during His temporary absence."

    Bless you sister!

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