Bloom me Away

Bloom Me Away

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I love flowers so much and I guess it’s because no two petals are exactly alike. They’re all unique yet they’re needed to make up the entire flower and when you mix several flowers together to make a bouquet, all the individuality of each petal shows through.

The color palette of each leaf is different yet in the same color family. It shows how much detail God put in when He created such delicacy and that’s how he made us too. We’re human beings, yet we’re different in every other respect from our thoughts, desires, dreams, personality traits to how we process information, perceive the world around us and even our tastes in the things we like to what we do for a living.

We’re complicated creatures and yet God in all His wisdom, understands everything…I mean EVERYTHING about each individual He created. I’m just one person and half the time my thoughts are all over the map. I can be thinking of doing something one moment and talk myself out of it the next.

The Lord is patient with me as I grow up in grace everyday. But I am searching to be more like what He created me to be. Just like a bouquet of flowers, every stem, every leaf and every petal has a purpose in making up that bouquet.

Sometimes I forget that I’m needed in the body of Christ too. I have skipped past church outings thinking, “, it’s okay, no one will notice if I’m not there,” and then the next time I was at a church service, someone would tell me earnestly that they miss me when I’m not there. I think again to myself, “Wow”, I’m missed?! Do I really make a difference?”  

One morning in church years ago, a wonderful lady told me that sometimes she’d come to service after a bad week kind of down but when she saw me singing with the worship team and dancing in the Lord, it helped her to worship and encouraged her. Now, I was thinking that I was making an absolute spectacle of myself with my waving hands and swaying back and forth but I also know my heart. I love to worship The Lord, I love to dance before Him. I want to see others worship Him and when I was there singing, it wasn’t for entertainment; it was to help usher in The Lord’s presence and to give honor to Him.

But indeed we do matter to Christ, to our pastors, congregation, family, friends, spouses, children, grandchildren, etc. Our gifts and talents weren’t given to us by God to sit dormant. I sing, I write, but I know deep down there are other talents I have that I have sat on some hoping no one would notice. Why? Because I didn’t want to be called on. I’m not making excuses, just keeping it real and I know it grieved God that I didn’t share what He had given me.  

You have talents too. Don’t let anyone tell you differently. Ask God to use them in the right format and at the right time. He will find a place for you and it’ll be good to step into that knowing you’re doing something meaningful for God. And, you work and effort will encourage someone watching you.

The bottom line is…you matter. I matter. Don’t hide our gifts, time to stir them all up!

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Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.