A few weeks ago I lost my favorite track and field coach. His funeral was a celebration of many people he impacted young and old. The words spoken were all very similar, “he believed in me,” “he got the best out of me,” “he put his heart and soul into training me and it made me want to be better.” And as I left I wondered why his passing had such an impact on me.
Coach had such an impact because he loved what he did and he shared it with everyone he met.  
I believe when we do what we love in agreement with the Word of God, the very best of us comes to life. As I think about our church body, I am grateful for all the giftings that each one of you possess. We have such a gifted community of teachers, listeners, givers, spiritual leaders, mothers and fathers, leaders, dreamers, prayer warriors, doers and much, much more.
I believe in you, but more importantly God believes in you and has placed a gifting inside you that I pray would come to life like never before. I even go a step further and challenge you to share your gifting because God didn’t bless you with it to keep it to yourself but to share it with the world.
“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” -1 Peter 4:10
“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” –Romans 12:6-8
“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.” – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
I am thankful for Coach and his impact on my life. He was the first person to believe in me and it changed my life. Thank you for sharing your gift Coach, I hope to do the same in my lifetime. Let us all use our gifting as the Lord intended; abundantly and boldly.  Love you church family!
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.’ –Erma Bombeck