I am a firm believer that all of us have a purpose in life. The essence of pretty much everything I do centers around helping other people figure out what their mission (purpose) in life is all about. However, even for the most focused of us things can get fuzzy from time to time causing us to get off track. Life is filled with so many distractions and we have to be careful to understand what and why we do what we do.
I really enjoy reading and many of the books about success center around understanding the difference between your dreams, passion, strengths, talents, skills and gifts. What is the difference? On the surface it can be confusing to understand which one is important and which one we should focus on. Proverbs 18:16 says that a man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men. A gift is defined as a natural ability or talent. Sometimes we don’t value our gifts. When I was younger someone told me I had the gift of encouragement and hospitality. My first thought was what kind of gift is that? I had no idea what that meant and how important those two gifts could be. I also had no clue how significant they were in the foundation of all things I would set out to do in life. My core gifts are helping others, listening, caring and sharing the importance of forgiveness. How these gifts are manifested come out in many ways and oftentimes through my talents or skills. So now I see how the gift of encouragement and hospitality tie everything all together.
What I’ve found in life is that oftentimes our gifts hide behind our dreams, skills and talents. Our gifts are what come to us naturally without even thinking about what we are doing. The skills and talents we possess can be natural, but we also usually work on them in some form or fashion. We take classes to improve and usually we focus more on our skills or talents because they tie into how we make a living. When it comes to our gifts we oftentimes put them in the category of a hobby or that’s just something I like to do. Some people possess more than one gift, but most of us are given one that makes us stand out above the crowd. In Steve Harvey’s latest book on success, he talks about when we are truly living in our gifts, opportunities will come up where our dream are no longer a question about who we are, but more specifically showing who and what we were meant to be. Don’t be afraid to explore how far you can go with your gifts.
As I bring this to a close, I want to encourage you to take some time and think about what you love to do naturally, think about what people always compliment you on, and think about how you can turn your gifts into a path of how you live the rest of your life. I am amazed how God continues to open new doors for me to live in my gifts and make a living. Whether I am walking in the path of coaching, consulting, community relations, mentoring, or even event planning, I am able to use my true gifts of helping others and showing compassion through encouragement and hospitality. Keep dreaming, set goals, develop your strengths and see how your true gifts can shine through all that you put your hands to do. I believe when we live out our true purpose using our gifts, we make the world a better place for everyone.
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