Good Afternoon all — little long, but I think it’s worth a read. (Of course I’m biased though.)
Let me just start with this:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
I’ve heard this verse a million times, but since my “plans” are happening right before my eyes — I’m understanding it a whole lot better.
Ever feel like you are leading a life out of routine rather than a life out of purpose? We as humans have this inevitable longing to be impactful in some way or another. You’ve maybe gotten to the point where your life needs a radical change; something to give you that spark and give you a new form of energy — a purpose.
When I looked up the word “purpose” it read:
“the reason for which something exists or is done, made, used, etc…”
God has blessed each and every one of use with talents and distinct qualities. It’s our job now to discover and embrace these talents and use them for His glory. Whether you are unbelievable with numbers, go unleash your skills in the finance world; or you are an incredible artist, go and show off your creative side. Regardless of what it is that hits your “sweet spot,” we are given by God unique, natural abilities and strengths. He gave us these gifts and abilities so we can serve others as well as give a part of ourselves back to Him.
So, in receiving these gifts, talents and unique abilities; we can do one of two things:
- We can set them aside and pursue something that looks good to our own eyes
- We can encounter a life of satisfaction by knowing that our gifts and talents are being used as intended by God.
So, how do we even find our gifts?
- Ask a friend/family member
- Notice things we excel at
- Take a strengths finder test
- Read a book(s) (Yes, free advertising for Don Miller books)
My challenge for you, and myself, is to be “ORIGINAL” because God did not create a “Steve Jobs part 2” or an “Albert Pujols clone.” He created an ORIGINAL you with your own ORIGINAL ideas and gifts. Embrace that. Live that.
Risk-taking also comes to mind — to go against the grain and take a leap of faith, trust that since God made you ORIGINAL, he will provide a way for you to effectively use your talents/gifts in your own ORIGINAL way, thus allowing you to live a life of purpose.
I sincerely believe that Christians have the responsibility to find their strengths, and by using them will launch a lifetime of satisfaction of enjoyable stewardship and service to God and others.