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Dear Friends,
This week one of my employees asked me to help him discover his gifts so he can start using them all. I thought it was a great opportunity to remind all of us about the many gifts that God gave us and for us to find ways to use them all. Today’s devotional encourages us to discover and use all our gifts both in the workplace as well as outside of work. Enjoy!

If You Use Your Gifts, More Will Be Given to You
#184
Matthew 25:29 (NLT)

To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away.

God gave each one of us gifts we must discover, treasure, and develop. Our goal should be to use each one of the gifts and talents God gave us at some point during our lifetime.

How do you discover, use, and manage every gift? First, you discover what your gifts are by asking God to reveal them to you. You, of course, need to listen to His answer. Then, ask Him what His priority is for your gifts to be used for His Kingdom. Go with the desires of your heart. They are one of His ways to reveal His gifts in you. Plan, prioritize, and develop your gifts. The Lord will give you opportunities to use every one of them.

In the workplace you will have the opportunity to use several of your gifts. If you have the gift of leadership, use it to lead people. If you have the gift of organization, use it to organize your job and help others get organized. If you speak another language, use it to reach people in that community. Because you will go through different stages in your life, you may not be able to use some gifts right now. Don’t forget about them. At some point in your life, later on, God will need you to use them. The more you use what God has given you, the more responsibilities and gifts He will give you. Don’t be like the unfaithful servant so that “even what little they have will be taken away.” Instead, use all of the gifts He gave you and expect to receive even more.

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Trust God Only

Dear Friends,
Today I was reading this devotional from my book Devotions for Working Women about putting our trust in God and not in humans and want to share it with you. We need to continually remind ourselves that it is God the one who can do something about our situations or challenges, not people. When we trust Him, He comes through for us.

Don’t Put Your Trust in Humans
# 300
Isaiah 2:22 (NLT)

Stop putting your trust in mere humans. They are as frail as breath. How can they be of help to anyone?

It is sad to see how people trust men more than God in many, if not all, areas of their lives. In today’s job market, we cannot trust other people or companies to provide us a job for life. It simply doesn’t work that way anymore. Companies are bought and sold as an everyday occurrence with little thought of the employees’ well-being. It is a look out for yourself environment. Our only source for a job is God. He is the only one we can trust to provide and meet every need in our lives—including our jobs.

It is unhealthy for a leader to promise job security for their employees and say they will never be fired. This is a manipulative and controlling tactic that creates a dependency on the employer from the employee’s part. In that environment, employees don’t have an incentive to improve their performance, and they get lazy. The company ends up with unmotivated employees causing productivity to decline. Those same employees become deadweight employees who can’t be fired because the leader doesn’t want to break his promise. At the same time, it creates a false sense of loyalty on the employee’s part. They think they can’t leave the company because they are not being loyal to their leader. It is a lose-lose situation in every way.

We are to be loyal and trust God only to provide for our job security, not trust a man, or a company. We are to obey God and go where He wants us to go. We are to do our best and be the best employee we can wherever God places us.

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