Guest Speaker: Julie Eshbaugh
I know it’s been a long time since I spoke in front of this congregation, because the last time I didn’t have to wear my reading glasses! And I am a little nervous today, but not because I’m in front of you. I always feel comfortable speaking to my own church, because I love and trust my church family, and I know you’re rooting for me to do well. But when the pastor asked me to speak today—Labor Day weekend—he asked me to share a testimony message, and to talk a bit about how I’ve been gifted to work for God. He specifically mentioned that I could talk about my work with the senior high school Sunday School class, and also my work writing novels for young adults.
Now if you know me, you know I love to talk. No one ever said I was uncomfortable speaking. But I am less comfortable talking about myself. I like to keep myself to myself. However, I was very excited about the topic of individual callings and individual giftedness, and how we can use our gifts for God’s kingdom. How can our labor give glory to God? This is something I spend a lot of time thinking about, and I do have a personal testimony of how God has taught me how to discern my gifts and use them to bring him glory, and I’ll get to that story in a minute.