The curmudgeon’s conundrum

Getting older makes you realize who and what you are willing to put up with and who and what you won’t. I don’t want a huge crowd around me, the loudness and energy makes me tired. I am starting to think I am becoming a curmudgeon, not as bad as Archie Bunker, but still, I am getting crankier than I would like.

When you read in Scripture that we are to go out and share the good news of Christ with others then what is a curmudgeon to do? Knowing the truth of the Good News should compel us to want to share it with others. I want everyone to know that Jesus saved my soul, my life, my everything and that He can do the same for them. However, I am not one who would throw a party and invite all of the friends who are not believers (Matthew 9:9-13) or fill a stadium with  people to share the gospel– it’s not how so am wired.

Years ago, I heard the story of a man who belonged to our rather large church. He was unsure how he could serve others because his spiritual gifts weren’t evangelism or preaching/teaching. Then the man heard that the maintenance teams needed help with some of their equipment. He grabbed his tool bag and went to work, servicing the equipment and helping create ways to better clean and maintain the church building. He now serves with joy. Sometimes sharing the joy of the Lord means doing it behind the scenes.

Do you know what your Spiritual Gifts are, Dear Ones? Before you say you don’t have any, remember that God gave us each two or three gifts that energize us and encourage us as we love on others. earn what your gifts and use them. Have you ever taken a Spiritual Gifts survey? I recommend setting aside some time and taking one. You will often find affirmation of the way God has wired you.

Best Beloved, if we are faithfully using our gifts to serve God in His kingdom then there is no conundrum. Instead, it is the glorious opportunity to live out the blessing of God and impact the life of those around us.

The following link is a reputable site that you can use for the spiritual gifts assessment :


About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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One Response to The curmudgeon’s conundrum

  1. Sometimes the BEST gifts are the ones done behind the scenes! Nice reminder, thanks!

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