My post from yesterday about our gifts and talents has really hit home for so many. I have had so many message me, comment, and share that post.
I actually wrote it quickly while sitting in my car after helping decorate for a friend of mine. I sat there thinking about how much I had changed over the years. I thought about how much joy it brings to me and others when I am able to decorate and share my talents. I honestly didn’t think much of a response would come from it, but I sat there in awe of how that post touched those around me.
The comments that most stuck out to me were the ones saying that they had no talents or that they wish this was talked about more in high school because so many feel that they aren’t good at anything. My heart broke at the thought of someone feeling as though they have nothing that they are good at or would consider a gift or talent.
What I want you to know is that I was right there in that same place. I believed that because I was not musically talented, athletic, or had the ability to dance like my friends that I was less than. For years I chased these things. I took private lessons. I practiced. I tried out for every single team you could think of and nearly every single time I didn’t make it. It was hard. My heart and mind grew heavy with the fact that I was just not good at anything.
In that time of my life I lived believing that God just simply “forgot” to give me a talent or a gift. Maybe He just put me here to admire everyone else’s abilities, not to really have one of my own. But, as a believer I know that is the furthest thing from the truth. God doesn’t forget. He doesn’t leave you out or less than the person sitting next to you. He created you with something special, even if you haven’t seen it yet.
It wasn’t until this last year of my life that I began to really see what God had placed in me. He gave me the gift of creativity. He gave me the gift to inspire. He gave me the ability to write and think deeply. To see things others may not. I’m not bragging when saying this, but I want you to see the change in my mind and my heart from the girl that felt so small to the one who shares her talents online for the world to see.
Finally, for the first time in my life I am living from a place where I no longer doubt God’s ability to knit me together with a divine purpose. I live feeling God’s pleasure and joy when He sees me using my gifts the way that He had always intended. I no longer chase after this idea that I need to be like everyone else, because I now know that is no way to live your life.
Here is a quick visual: Just imagine chasing a cheetah every single day. That is your only job. To run after it with all your might. Will you ever catch it? Probably not. They are faster than you. They have the ability to run as quickly as a moving car and guess what? We don’t. When we chase this idea of being like someone else or trying to force ourselves into something we are not, that is how we live. Worn out, exhausted, and eternally frustrated at the situation we are in.
But when we live our lives and fully embrace who God created us to be, that is when you find peace, rest, and joy. Now instead of trying to be athletic, I have embraced my creativity and use it as an outlet to not only bring joy to my life, but also spread it to others. God equipped me and now it’s my job to put it into practice and give Him the glory.
So today my hope for each of you is that you too would have a revelation and see that you DO have a gift. It may not be sports, decorating, painting, or singing, but God has equipped YOU with something. It is up to you to stop comparing yourself with others. To stop searching for your gifts in your friends, family, and role models. To stop looking towards a scoreboard to tell you that you are good at something. To stop listening for a round of applause at the end of your performance. Every gift doesn’t have these things, but that doesn’t make it any less.
I can’t wait to see how your life and mindset will change when you begin living in a place where we all got into the gifted and talented program. ✨
Photo by: Eilish Palmer at The Lady with a Camera
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10