I don’t know if you would rather grab a cup of tea or coffee as we chat. I don’t know if you would prefer a blueberry muffin or a piece of fruit. But there are things I do know about you that we should talk about.
- You are God’s workmanship.
How honoring it is to God when you acknowledge His creativity, His extravagance, His provision in how He knit you together. He stitched your strengths into your being. He blended your personality with your abilities, and then He shaped and sharpened them through your upbringing, your family, your experiences. All so you could bless your corner of the world with the unique mix of passion and strengths that make up you.
- You are gifted.
Your giftedness perfectly suits your place in the kingdom. Those expressions of God’s grace are yours but were never meant to be hoarded or kept under wraps. Figuring out how and where to invest your giftedness is your responsibility. And that responsibility was designed to bring you joy. (Think of the Parable of the Talents).
- You have limitations.
And your limitations are designed by your Creator as well. Your limitations narrow your focus and provide a framework for the investment of your gifts. That is a very good thing. So don’t despair when you try and fail, or when your capacity doesn’t match others’ expectations. It’s part of the discovery process. And don’t fret when you need a rest. We all do. Your boundary lines have fallen in pleasant places. (Psalm 16)
- You sometimes say yes when you should say no.
Me, too. It’s our common experience of being too quickly pulled into demands and end up occupied by endeavors that take from your capacity to be involved in what fits you so well. Don’t spend your days stringing and unstringing your instrument and let the song you came to sing remain unsung. (Rabindranath Tagore)
- You sometimes say no when you should say yes.
You feel a little embarrassed to say “I could do that”. You hold back. And we miss out on what you bring to the world. Let’s redefine humility as “being willing to be known as you truly are,” meaning you not only let people see the real you when it comes to weaknesses, but you also let them see the real you when it comes to your giftedness. You didn’t have anything to do with deciding which strengths God was going to build into you, so downplaying your gifts is downplaying God’s splendor in you.
- What is easy for you isn’t easy for others.
Your gifts make some tasks so easy for you that you are surprised when others struggle or dislike the tasks that are second nature to you. That’s how the body works. It’s hard to get a toe to do what the pancreas does so well. So, let’s commit to one another to replace judging and comparing with gratitude and grace.
- At times you feel unseen, overlooked, passed by.
There are seasons when our Father is more interested in your character development than in producing fruit through you. It will seem like no one notices you would be just the right person for that position. Or you have no voice on your team. Your gifts go unnoticed. You might even feel you’ve been misunderstood and misjudged. Don’t despair, sister. Your experiences in the wilderness are preparing you for greater fruitfulness and building into you what you need in the next season.
- We need you!
The rest of us need what you offer. A place in the world was carved out for the exact mix of personality, strengths, limitations, stage of life, nationality, upbringing, body shape, quirkiness, and giftedness that is you. (Ephesians 2:10)
Let’s celebrate His creativity in how He put you together!
Be brave and tell us about one of your gifts.
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