More from Tyrel Williams
Hello Upper Room readers! I am so blessed and honored to have the opportunity to share my message with you all! I have been blessed beyond anything I could possibly imagine. I have a wonderful wife and 2 beautiful children that I love with every inch of my soul, and a wonderful family and friends. There are so many ways that the Lord has blessed me far beyond anything I deserve. With that being said, I wanted to share with you something that is very special in my life.
Some of my favorite memories growing up have been doing things outdoors. Whether it was going fishing with my Dad and Uncle Robin, playing baseball, going boating with my family, or sitting around the campfire with my dearest friends, I always look back and remember how much joy that brought me. Doing things outdoors has taught me patience, how to adapt, how to be competitive, how to learn from my mistakes, and how to enjoy the gifts and opportunities the Lord has given me. I think the thing I enjoy the most about being in the outdoors is just how simple, yet strangely complicated things are. Just sitting there thinking about God's creation and how complicated and special it really is puts everything into perspective for me.
Another aspect I love about being outdoors is that it is a special, personal time that I can spend with the people I love. If I'm alone, I can spend my time praying, listening and enjoying God's creation. If I'm with a friend or loved one, I can use that time to talk, listen, and enjoy their company.
I do however regret some of the time I've spent outdoors, because I've missed opportunities to say things that needed to be said. I focused too much on what we were doing and missed critical opportunities. There are many things that I really wish I would have shared when I had the opportunity. I have a loved one in particular where I had so many opportunities to talk to him about the Lord; but I just didn't. I never got up enough courage to have that conversation. I really regret that now because that loved one has since passed away.
My message today focused on using the spiritual gifts that God has given you. You may not think that you have a certain spiritual gift, but do not let that stop you from trying. The world needs Jesus Christ more than ever. The Gospel will never reach those who need it if we stay silent. If there is anything that I hope you take away from this post, it is to be courageous and take a chance to share the message of Jesus Christ with a friend or loved one. It will be the most important conversation you have with those that you love. Take the chance, take advantage of the opportunity.
Your Brother in Christ,