I remember wanting to be a beauty queen during my preteen years. I am not sure what pulled me in the most – the gorgeous gowns or the desire to be officially labeled beautiful. Bless my awkward pre-teen heart…it was for the best my family could not afford for me to participate in beauty pageants. Pimples, braces, and a lack of anything curvaceous would have kept my head quite tiara-free.
Thankfully, as I have grown older, my desire to be found beautiful has shifted from wanting to look fantastic in a swimsuit competition to longing to see and share the beauty the Lord has placed inside of me. I am an encourager by creation. I love to stir hope and instill strength with words, both written and spoken. My heart feels most alive when I am sharing words of encouragement. And I could spend hours at my local card store picking out just the right cards to send to those I love.
Yet, I have to admit that all too many times I end up being the queen of good intentions and poor excuses when it comes to getting said encouraging cards in the mail. Sigh. I never had dreams of being that kind of queen as a young girl.
Maybe you will recognize some of these passing thoughts:
“Oh, I should send _________ a card just to say hi.”
“Wow, I sure do love __________. I need to send her a note telling her that!”
“Hmmmmm…You really seem to have _________ on my heart a lot lately, Lord. I should drop her a card in the mail.”
“Did I ever send __________ that thank you card I meant to write?”
The thoughts enter my head, I decide sending a card is a fabulous idea, and then I let myself get caught up in the busyness of day to day life. Even when the thoughts persist, I all too often end up telling myself I will get to it later.
But the truth is, we are not guaranteed a later.
The Lord nudged me recently to send two LONG overdue cards, and I am so thankful He did. Those two precious people passed away within weeks of me finally mailing out my notes. How my heart would have grieved if I had never sent those last words of love in the mail.
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10
You and I have been given gifts. We have been given beauty to minister to the world in Jesus’ name. But we have to be intentional, purposeful in sharing our gifts. We need to be sure we respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit instead of making excuses on why we will get to it later.
I don’t know about you, but I do not want to be the queen of good intentions. I want to be a beautiful, intentional daughter of the King.
How about you? What is your gift? Anyone the Lord is leading you to share it with today?