“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.”  1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)


Seek God’s Will: Surrender your own ideas of what your life “plan” looks like, and ask God to direct you towards what He wants you to do to bring Him the most glory.


  • Praise God for who He is
  • Confess your sinfulness and need for cleansing
  • Allow His Spirit to draw you near
  • Listen as He speaks to you


  • God, help us to build each other up, even when we feel we’re being torn down.
  • Help us to use our gifts purely to serve Your purpose, not for recognition or reward.
  • Make us aware of instances today where our gifts can be used to help others and serve You.


  • Thank God for hearing you.
  • Trust that God is at work to accomplish His will.


  • 1 Corinthians 1:25
  • Romans 12:6


The last math class of the year was over.  I stood at the door to bid farewell to “my kids,” my first year of teaching officially under my belt.  There he was, bringing up the rear of the line for a change, rather than pushing his way towards the front to escape as quickly as possible – that boy – the one who from day one sauntered into the classroom, every bit of his body language sneering: “I don’t care, I never will care, and there’s nothing you can do to change my mind.  Just try.”  It had been a long year with many failed tests and late homework assignments.  Many nights of me appealing to God: “This is too hard, this goes way beyond what I’m expected to do in my first year.  Fine. He doesn’t care, neither do I!” Problem was I did.  So, I never let up, always encouraging him even in the shadow of his “death stare.” Eventually his grades began improving and although he still never cracked a smile or looked like he was having fun, I could tell he was at least taking more pride in his work. Before he could leave on that last day, I pulled him aside and said: “You know, I’m really proud of you.  You worked so hard this year and made a lot of progress because of it – you’re awesome and don’t you ever forget it.”  And do you know what?  He looked me right in the eye and said “Thanks.” And then he smiled at me.

THAT’S why I do what I do!

Contributed by:  Jenne Lichty