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This Month's Message

What is Your SHAPE?
By Fran Caffey Sandin

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men” (Colossians 3: 23).

Angie, a fashion stylist, takes a rack of clothes designed by Carol Anderson into the home of a hostess who invites friends to view the collection. Angie assists ladies in selecting the modest garment most becoming to her. Prior to her presentation, Angie has studied the different shapes and determined the most flattering styles for various body types. Many of the ladies make the comment that: “Angie knows what to do and is such a great presenter—she is really enthusiastic!”

Greek for the word enthusiasm is en theos, which means “with God.” So when Angie is passionate about her CAbi show, she is working with God to serve others. Actually, a portion of sales are allocated to help women in underdeveloped countries start their own businesses. It reminds me of a verse regarding unselfish living. …be fervent in spirit, serving the Lord…Romans 12: 11. Angie’s gift is just one example of the many ways each of us can serve the Lord wholeheartedly. In thinking about physical body shapes, It brought to mind some spiritual concepts that are relevant to everyday life, and made me ask, WHAT IS MY SHAPE? WHAT IS YOUR SHAPE?

Spiritual Gifts    Heart    Abilities    Personality    Experiences

When we repent of our sins and receive Jesus’ forgiveness, we are born into God’s family. And He gives us a birthday gift, a spiritual gift that we can use to serve Him on earth. These gifts are listed in the Bible (I Corinthians 12), and each believer receives at least one.

Our success in life is a matter of the heart, not how much money we have or the size of our home, or the brand of our watch or car. We are to love God with all our heart, and to guard our hearts diligently, for out of it are the issues of life.

Abilities are God-given talents that we may use in a positive way or a negative way. The devil may tempt us to use our abilities in a way that would warp our testimony for Christ. Or we can use our talents for His glory.

Personality—Our life is a gift of God and what we become is our gift to Him. Attitudes made a huge difference. When we enter a room, are we thinking Here I am or do we focus on others as in There you are! I have learned that the way to be joyful is to put others above self: Jesus, Others, You.

Experiences---Life’s experiences expose what we think is important. Even our difficult times can be used for good because God loves us. Romans 8: 28

So how do we measure up? We ask…what can be improved about my spiritual SHAPE? What assignment has God given me that no one else can do?

Dear Father, thank you that as a loving Father you give us life itself. Help us remember we represent You in our daily work and attitudes, and please help us reflect a heart of enthusiasm in all that we do to bring glory to your name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.