Discovering your talents (your Divine Gifts) will bring you closer to understanding your purpose, your reason for being here. Discovering your talents and gifts can make you happy, content and fulfilled which in turn will make you a blessing to others.
Seek Spiritual Guidance
Because the Master of the Universe has placed these special gifts within us, it might be wise to seek His guidance to discover what they are.
Let’s go to the Scriptures to see what the Word of God says about this.
Romans 12: 6 - 8 (New International Version) - We have different gifts, according to the gifts given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
I Corinthians 7: 7 (New International Version) - I wish that all men were as I am. But each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.
I Peter 4: 10 (New International Version) - Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.
The Scriptures indicate that we have all been given individual, specific gifts. Trying to operate in other gifts and talents only causes frustration, stress, disappointment, depression, unhappiness, misery, dissatisfaction, anger and no passion in what we are doing. We are just simply trying to get through life, and then what? We don't feel that we have anything to look forward to and we feel that life has no purpose.
When operating in our God given gifts, we are happy and fulfilled. Our gifts and talents ultimately help others and can be a real blessing to them. You cannot operate properly if you are trying to be something you are not supposed to be, it’s like telling a fish to live out of water and survive.
Sometimes we find ourselves struggling against ourselves. We find ourselves paddling upstream in our careers and in our lives and wondering why we are not going very far or very fast. This is because we are operating outside of our gift.
Have you been ignoring the people around you (family, friends, colleague’s etc.) who are always telling you how good you are at something? I’ll bet most of the time you just blow them off and say “ah, that’s nothing” – sound familiar? I will go back to what I asked in the beginning. What do you enjoy doing? What comes easy to you? What would you do for free? Think about it and I can almost assure you that you have found your calling.
Discover Your Calling
Each of us has a high calling that we are obligated to follow. When we follow our calling, this brings God great glory and us great joy. The quest to discover our calling begins with four facts that we should know for certain:
1. Our calling is embodied in our gifts, both natural and spiritual, that were given to us intentionally by divine design.
2. Our gifts come with a responsibility: "As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
(1 Peter 4:10).
3. Our gifts allow us to do excellent work, make our greatest contribution to the human race, and do the "good works" God had in mind when he designed us.
4. Sometimes this is difficult. What God has in mind can be costly, inconvenient, and countercultural. In other words, sometimes we may have to step outside of our comfort zone.
Stepping outside of our comfort zone is usually very scary for most of us but this may be just where we need to go to get to the place that we need to be.
Embrace Your Calling
I urge you to seek God’s guidance as you start to become more aware of your specific gift or talent. You could have the gift of communication, the gift of listening, the gift of singing, building, cooking, organizing, hospitality, or even caring for hurting people and a strong desire to help them have a better way of life. There are many, many gifts you just need to find yours. Once you have found it, embrace it. Don’t get distracted or start to doubt because your gift may not make you a millionaire or your gift may not make you famous or your gift seems to be a lot of work or your gift seems so insignificant.
Take stock of your talents. Don't minimize them. Don't belittle or bury them. Don't say, oh, I'm just a kidney, I'd rather be a mouth. Or I'm just a big toe; I'd rather be an eye. And of course, don't get proud and say, "Look at me. I'm a hand; look at that old toe over there." We're all needed. We're all important. And it is from the small and simple things that great things are brought to pass. Thank the Lord for the gifts you've been given, use them to the best of your abilities and God can do great things through you.
To Your Continued Success ~ Miss Julia