I was often stonehearted until I surrendered my heart to God. That led to the restoration of my talent to be used to advance His heart in others.
One example of the Restorer renewing my talent occurred at our Labor Day Weekend kickoff press conference luncheon held at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Museum. Each year in that historic setting, we offered a preview of the premier vehicles that would cross the auction block. Just prior to walking on stage to take the microphone, I was made aware of a situation that moved my heart. My best friend from elementary school and his wife, who had also been one of our high school classmates, recently gave birth to their daughter who was in need of a heart transplant. She would become the youngest person in the United States to receive a new heart.
Responding to what I believed was a Holy Spirit prompting, I stepped up to the podium and made the crowd aware of the need. As I finished describing her dilemma, I saw a raised hand in my peripheral vision. It was racing legend and heart transplant recipient Carroll Shelby seated next to me offering the first $25,000 toward the infant’s operation. Jerry J. Moore matched it, and her funded operation was a success. When I look back at the surrender of my talent to the Restorer, I realize how trusting in the Giver rather than my gifts led to two new hearts that day: mine and the baby girl’s.
Through the prophet Ezekiel, God said, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh” (Ezekiel 36:26).
This week, ask God to give you a new soft heart. He will use your talent to restore the heart of everyone you encounter.
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