What is it that you're gifted to do?
You know that one thing that you just seem to be good at?
That one or two things that people praise you for. That thing that you shrug off as if it were nothing because it simply comes naturally to you.
It's easy to hoard our gifts. To know that we're good at this, that, or the other and simply allow it to remain that way.
Known to us.
Stuck in our mind.
Hanging out on a shelf for whenever we happen to get to it.
If there's one thing I know for sure is that we weren't given gifts in this life for ourselves. God gifted them to us for the benefit of others.
To influence others,
Call up others,
Shift a mindset,
Shake up a generation. A culture.
To radically shift the trajectory of someone's life.
So if we know our gifts were given to us to help others live a better life, why are we so reluctant to use them?
I stood in the hallways of my job today, greeting, talking and laughing with some great people spending their Sunday morning in the house of God. As we discussed things of many varieties, I was asked about my writing and if I had another book coming out. Well the short answer is yes.
Yes, I have another book in the works.
It has been in the works since last August.
Last August when I published my first book . . .
Wait, that's been almost a year.
Yes I said it, a full year.
It certainly doesn't take me a year to write a book.
It's completely outlined with chapters, stories, examples, quotes.
You know, everything a good skeleton of a book needs.
Yep it's there. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.
Come to think of it, the book is actually called "Waiting, When Will it be my turn?"
And if you think I just did that on purpose, I did not. (Totally creepy)
Anywhoo, as I answered the question on if I had another book coming, I imagined just how many people's lives could be waiting for me to stop hoarding my gifts. For me to get over being too busy, too tired, too overly consumed with what I have going on to even entertain the thought of finishing said book. And as I contemplated those very thoughts, I realized the visible fruit that we see in our lives is directly linked to our obedience to His call.
So what are your gifts? How are you using them? What have you been waiting to see flourish that has seemingly been laying dormant? When we move into the things that He has for us and intentionally decide to use our gifts to advance His Kingdom, wonderful things begin to happen!
Start using your gift today!
You'll be so blessed that you did.