Good morning all!
I hope you had a lovely weekend? I sure did and I'm absolutely shattered that it's over.
Gifts though...Sometimes people mail me for reasons besides their relationships or matters of the hearts, some have much more pressing concerns and this is one concern that several people seem to have besides trying to heal from the wounds of one heartbreak or unrequited love or the other.
Someone mailed me last week and asked if there was something wrong with her because all she is passionate is her job and not a career path in creativity that she's building for herself, she said she has no gift and all she wants is to work and rise on the ladder of success in the (corporate) organization she belongs to.
While I honestly see nothing wrong with this I needed to point out to her that each and everyone of us have gifts. Yet I understood her frustration more than she knew, she's not the only one I've heard cry out "I have no gifts, I have no talents, in have no special natural abilities..." And the one that bothers me the most personally; what if I die without realizing all my talents or gifts? And that's why when Pastor Paul Adefarasin spoke about Dimensions yesterday I was at the edge of my seat all through (but that's topic for another day).
I find this particularly worrying because I know that everyone has at least one gift. While I don't think every gift can necessarily fetch a person money, it's something that we ALL possess within us. And the thing is this; God didn't just give us these gifts randomly for the fun of it, He not only gave it to us with intent, He also has expectations. "What did you do with the talents I gave you?" (Remember the story of the Master and his servants?)
So I'll like us to do a little exercise this morning.
For those of us that say we don't have any gift or are yet to discover our gifts I'll try to make it easier by asking a few questions and I hope this helps.
What are you exceptionally good at?
What makes you tick; what (activity you do on your own) excites and tickles you?
What is that one thing that when you're faced with you're truly at ease because you can do it so effortlessly and beautifully?
Given the opportunity to be whatever you want to be what would you be?
What was that thing that you were very passionate about or very good at as a child before maturity or your parents or society influenced your decision of what you wanted to be?
What's that one thing that when you're actively doing you lose track of time, you willingly miss out on sleep, food doesn't matter?
Is there something in particular people around you usually like you to help them with?
Is there a particular activity that when you're engaged in you feel like you're in your (comfort) zone; it's just so natural, effortless and appealing to you?
These are just a few questions to give you perspective and some clarity. Please think about it and answer them, share with us if you will, but this exercise is specifically to enable you gain deeper insight into yourself.
For those who know their gift or gifts please share with us; what are your natural gifts and how did you discover it/them? (Sharing might also help others discover theirs).
I'll like to go further. I'd also like us to discuss other aspects of gifts; developing them, perfecting them, utilizing them and implementing them to realize and achieve our God-given purpose, but for now let's do just this. Before going into all of these there must first be a known Gift(s).