This week I had a cold and spent two whole days in bed. I mostly slept, but unable to concentrate on work when awake, I watched auditions for various talent shows on YouTube. (Sigh! I know.) But some people were just absolutely outstanding! You know the kind that move you to tears because they are so darn gifted?
There are also those whose cooking make your taste buds make the happy dance every time you eat their food. Or, you know that nurse that knows exactly how to deal with your child, avoiding the tantrum she/he would otherwise throw in that doctor’s office? Or that author that writes phenomenal books that you just can’t put down?
I believe most of those gifted people use their very best gifts, and that is why they do what they do so well.
So, What Are Your Gifts?
For starters – and I know it might sound cheesy, but – you have been “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14), crafted with attentive precision and care, unique to God. You are a gifted masterpiece, my friend. Why do I start with that? Because your Maker intentionally gave you those meaningful gifts for a purpose.
If you wonder what your gifts are, there are several places you can look at. Pause for a second and pray about it. Ok, let’s continue. Reading the Bible helps greatly because someone in there was gifted with the same gifts as you before you did. You may think, “Wait, so I’m supposed to look in all 66 books contained in the Bible and search for my gifts!?” Errrm, why not?
If you ask God, He will lead you, don’t worry. (Relieved, right?) Also, by reading God’s Word we learn to know Him better, so we will know what to even do with those gifts. They are not meant for us alone, but to serve God and others.
Another good place to look for clues is to ask family, friends, and colleagues. Whoever knows you best and cares about you. See what they tell you. What do they think you are so good at, that people would actually pay you to do? You may be surprised, or maybe not. Maybe you already know.
My husband always tell me that I’m good at telling stories and making them interesting. As it turns out, he didn’t even know I had a passion for writing until just a couple of years ago, because for many years I had put it aside. I was afraid to mess up with what really mattered to me. Oh, the precious time I waisted.
That’s Just It, I’m afraid! Gifted and Afraid.
If I told you, you had a million dollars and could do whatever you want with it. After taking care of whatever financial needs you and your family may have, what dream would the money help you with? Take a second to think and write it down.
As it turns out, you don’t really need that much money to see your dreams come true. No, baby, you really don’t. When you start with a dream and a relationship with God, the rest is details. You might not be able to quit your job tomorrow, but you can start living in the freedom of what God made you to be. Let Him be God, and give Him back your gifts. He will make a way.
God’s grace, provision and guidance will always do you better than any amount of money. What He has in store for you, what He wants to do through you, He desires it for you more than you do yourself. Patience in the process is key. Give Him your worries. Trust Him with your life. Repeat after me, I am gifted.
Maybe you know deep down what your gifts are, but are simply fearful. Boy,
have I walked in those shoes, do I walk in those shoes. You’ll have to make a decision that fear won’t rule your life. God said that he has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).
I encourage you to take note of this verse, even if you know it well, and to write it down, memorize it, and meditate on it. Maybe not today, but eventually, the voice of fear won’t be the loudest anymore. You will develop that spiritual muscle, and become increasingly courageous and confident.
How Do I Start Right Where I Am?
I don’t know where you are in life, but no one is expecting you to be the poster child of success tomorrow. That should never motivate anyone anyway. Actually, “success” according to this world is a fleeting thing. Besides, you don’t want to gain the world and loose your soul. Take it one step at a time. You may even need God to heal you before you go further.
And that’s Okay.
God is not the type to burn you out. Rather, he tells you: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30, NLT)
It’s not a matter of performance or public appearance. It’s a matter of devotion and leanings of the heart.
What If I’ve Got This Pretty Much Figured Out?
Well, my friend you are especially blessed. I strongly invite you to pray for a friend and share this article with them. It may not be at random that you are reading this. Surely reading it will encourage someone.
Heavenly Father, I come before humbly. Take my life right where I am. Help me to not live in fear and rebuke it tries to creep in. Help me to see beyond what this world considers to be successful. Forgive me for wanting to be great for my own profit. Reveal to me what my gifts are and what you want to do with it.My life is yours Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
What do you think your gifts are?