What is yours?
I believe we have a responsibility to use and share our gift or gifts with others. Whether your gift is being a mother, a writer, someone who works in retail, a carpenter, painter, plumber, or someone in guest services, the list could go on and on.
Some of you might know exactly what your gift is and some of you are thinking, how do I know and others of you yet will ask, what is the difference between a gift and talent?
I had these same questions at one time and then I heard this from a speaker, “Talent is something you are good at and a Gift is something you are passionate about.” The word passion means: A powerful emotion, compelling feeling, boundless enthusiasm or desire for something. In other words it is a part of who you are. God designed you with this emotion/enthusiasm and also designed you to have more than one talent and/or gift.
Ok so this clears up the difference between a gift and talent, now think of how you could impact people’s lives by choosing your passion/gift and live by using it. We influence those who are around us on a day-to-day basis. Now you have the option and opportunity to influence in a good, constructive, positive, helpful and loving way because you are happier and using your gifts, or you can be angry, depressed, lonely, helpless and negative, having a dreading life kind of attitude. People around you will either be rewarded or pulled down with your choice. This is what I mean when I say we have a responsibility to use our gifts.
Guess what? Everyone has problems, hurts and concerns. Are you willing to wallow in self-pity or are you going to rise and be the person you are intended to be, sharing and using your gifts? Let me tell you, there is nothing more rewarding than being a part of something bigger than yourself. It might take a career change, a move, maybe nothing that extreme, but it will take looking outside that comfortable box you’ve been living in, the one you know so well and don’t want to change or crawl out of.
I would like you to evaluate your life right now and ask yourself, are you happy and using your gifts? If yes, I encourage you to keep growing and tending to them. If your answer is no then I ask that you take a leap of faith, get off your rear end and start, because whether you realize it now or not you were created for something bigger than yourself.
I am not trying to sound harsh, but we’ve all been at the other end of someone not using their gift and it is not a nice place to be. Responsibility creates character, character creates leaders, leaders create the world we live in, so you see what you do and how you use your gifts and passion does matter and not just to you.
“It is not titles that honor men but the men that honor titles” and it is these men and woman who have used their God-given gifts that we love and respect.
Rise and be heard, change, grow, do what you are meant to and you will add to the world instead of taking away from it. Grow in the promise that you were created to be something bigger than yourselves and with your own special, beautiful gifts already installed.
Here is a link to back me up biblehub