Give What You Can Give

Monz doing her thing at Brightly Beams Educare! She is a children's ministry champion, amen!

This month's Team Thoughts post was written by the one and only, Monz Coetzee! We've loved watching this woman grow and blossom in 2017 and are so proud of the person she is and continues to become. We know that those of you who have had the pleasure of serving alongside Monz would agree. The best is yet to come, so bring it on, 2018!

One of the biggest things I've learned this year is that everyone has something to give. It may not be huge, and it definitely won't be the same as what the next person has to offer, but again, everyone has something to give to the world. 

Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do little.
— Edmund Burke

Often we think that we're insignificant because we can't do what others can. We look at ourselves, and we see limits. But this year, I've seen many local leaders give nothing more than what they have... and the impact has been great.

Anyone can give surrender. Anyone can let go and ask for help. The return is often assistance and encouragement.

I've watched our partners and my colleagues rise up and use what they have. Restoring Hands and Team Detroit hosted a beauty day for women in the Lavender Hill community—an initiative to see women in the area come to know their worth and ability. We didn't know what would come of it, but we gave anyway and saw incredible impact. Now, those women are realizing that they, too, have something to give. They're realizing that God loves them and has a plan for their lives.

I've watched our partners and colleagues simply walk side-by-side through life with people who needed support. Sometimes, all people need is an introduction to the Lord and to their position in His Kingdom.

When the best leaders work is done, the people say, “We did it ourselves.”
— Unknown

I've watched our partners journey through understanding their full potential. And with the support of my team, I've watched myself do the same. This year is the first time that I realized the impact that I can have in the world—that I have something worthwhile to give to others. 

Often our perspectives of ourselves keep us trapped and limited, but when we receive a revelation of our identity in the Kingdom of God, our gifts are released in a new way. 

If you've been wanting to try something new, I encourage you to give what you have. Use your gifts... because you never know what kind of impact you'll have. Believe me, as you practice walking in your gifting, you will grow more and more confident. I definitely have.