"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ" -1 Peter 4:10-11
"The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away." -Pablo Picasso.
"Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God." -Leo Buscaglia
What you are talking yourself out of that God is trying to bring you into? There are people depending on you to find and talk yourself into your purpose to glorify God. He has given all of us a unique gift. Something that is just undeniably “you” and is useful to those around you. Some people mistake their gift as a skill, but it's so much more than that. It's an ingrained strength generated by your deepest passions and fueled by a sense of purpose that feels unavoidable. Most people never find their gift, either because they don’t realize they have one, don’t believe they have one, haven’t attempted to find it or don’t recognize it when it's staring them right in the face.
To find the life you were meant to live, you have to look inside. It's waiting for you to clear away all that isn't you (the fears, disbeliefs, and opinions that others have imposed on you, the negative stories you tell to yourself and the defeatist attitude). Your gift lies in the place where your values, passions, and strengths meet. Discovering that place is the first step toward sculpting your life.
Some ways to discover your unique gifts are:
1) Listen to other people. When someone notices or comments on one of your talents, take note. God may be trying to tell you something through His people.
2) Listen to your gifts. Ask yourself “What’s the one thing that I do better than others?” The gifts God gives us are like little seeds planted inside us, but for them to grow we have to use them. This means that if you can’t identify which “Gift Seeds” God has given you, step out of your comfort zone and try doing new things that interest you. Through these new experiences, God will reveal more to you about who you are and how He has called you to serve Him.
3) Listen to your passions. Take note of what really makes all of your emotions move. What makes you excited, angry, sad, fired up, and stirred up. For instance, I hate seeing other people upset for whatever their reason may be. I pair that feeling with my gift of wisdom and studies I have learned throughout the years. This points me in the direction of my purpose of written and spoken communication about things that deeply impact people on a spiritual and emotional level. When you pair those emotions with your talents, a lot of clarity comes to you.
4) Last, but definitely not least, Pray. Ask God to show you the things that move you and make a list. He wants you to discover His purpose for you more than you do and He is more than willing to help.
Remember to consider that your purpose is not just about you. It’s about what God wants to do through you. Therefore, if you ignore or neglect what others say about you, your gifts and your passions, you are not only betraying yourself, but betraying God because He has called you to a purpose and wants you to walk in it for others and for your own joy.
My challenge for you is to open your mind to finding your gift and then work on giving it back to God and serve others with it. It gives your life a bigger purpose each and every day and eventually it becomes your life.
Please help me to be open to listening to other people, listening to my gifts and passions and to continue to ask you for guidance and the clarity that I know only You can give me. Amen.
Mharps love message of the day
Spread a little love today, kid.