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You have a gift.

Really, you do. Actually, you might even have more than one.

Your gift might be singing, or writing, or cooking. Or it might be the way you listen to people–the amazing ability you have to read between the lines and know what they are really saying; or your innate understanding of math and finances.  Or maybe your gift is playing baseball, or organizing cupboards and events, or your ability to plan a building, or wood carving, or running. Or gardening perhaps.

Your gift is something that you have natural ability to do. As you work at it, you become better and better, you might even excel.

But it all starts with a gift, something deposited into you while you were being weaved in your mother’s womb. You didn’t have a thing to do with it. It was unearned. Absolutely unfair.

Yet it’s there, and it’s yours.

You can look at it, admire it, be thankful for it, brag about it, bury it, pretend it’s not there… or you can own up to it and use it to make a difference.

Once we truly understand and accept that we did not earn this gift, and that it doesn’t make us better than someone else, we can pick it up and use it to make a real contribution to the world.  Your baseball throwing abilities can make someone’s day! Yes, your singing can turn someone’s heart around for good. Your amazing chicken and rice dish can nurture someone’s body back to life. Your budgeting skills could help a friend get out of debt and teach teenagers life skills.

There isn’t anything for you or I to brag about. We were each born with these gifts for such a time as this–born with them for the purpose of our contribution to the world we live in.

In a way, if we think clearly about it, we really don’t have much of a choice–this contribution is our duty as human beings.  We must freely give what we have been given for the good of all men.

When all is said and done, no one else on earth ever had, has or will have YOUR gift. It is yours and yours alone. Mine might look very much like yours, but it isn’t the same, nor does it fulfill the same function. And in a way–that’s the scary part–if you don’t use your gift, nobody will. No one can take your place. What was supposed to come through you will be forever lost.

It’s as simple as that.

It’s as important as that.

It’s as serious as that.

Do you know what your gift is? What your gifts are? You will begin to recognize them as you pay attention to where you naturally flow well, where you seem to naturally bear fruit.

God is glorified when we fully own up to His gift(s) in us. Let’s offer it up back to Him and start using it freely.  Let’s work with it, give it away, grow in it!

We might just change the world, one gift at a time.

Cultivating Thankfulness with Ann Voskamp

#284 Pork and cabbage

#283 My recliner

#282 My ability to budget

#281 Sore Muscles

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