I pray you are well and abounding in every good work.
Over the last couple days, I felt an urge to remind you to embrace your gifts and talents. Even in this season of uncertainty, God has a work for you to do.
Yes, especially in this season….
Has He called you to start a business? Maybe you have the desire to go back to school. Or maybe you find yourself doing what I did the other day.
Asking God for the umpteenth time… Lord, what should I do?
This time, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “What did I give you?“
So, in taking stock of what I consider to be my natural abilities – writing, speaking, administrative work, and so forth, I compiled a pretty decent list of attributes that could one day open doors for other opportunities.
My point in sharing this story is that we can sometimes overlook the answers that are staring us right in the face.
If you’re confused today about what path to take in your business or career, consider the question:
What did God give you?
Take stock of your natural inclinations. What are the activities that interest you or come natural to you? This is usually a signpost on the road to destiny. Above all else, embrace the unique way you do any and everything. That quirkiness is what makes you special. It’s the attribute that sets you apart from everyone else. There’s a tribe that needs your ‘special sauce’.
My sister, my brother, it’s time to believe in your own sauce!
I’m reading for at least the second time now In Pursuit of Purposeby the late Dr. Myles Munroe. I have a habit of revisiting and holding on to books that have helped me tremendously at different stages of my life. I’ve read several books by Dr. Munroe and this one is a favorite. I came across it when I was searching for answers in my early 30s and trying to maneuver a divorce without losing my mind. This book and the Bible were my guide. During that season, I remember being determined not to become “a bitter old woman”. That was my daily prayer. “Lord, don’t let me become bitter.” Since then, I’ve healed, blossomed and gone on to conquer new terrain thanks to the grace of God.
Today, if you find yourself in a season where you’re wondering about your purpose (Yes, YOU have a purpose!) now that the kids are gone or the job has ended or whatever curve ball life has thrown your way, I highly recommend reading this book.
Perhaps you discovered your purpose years ago (AWESOME — Good for you!) and need a boost of encouragement or a simple reminder that you are uniquely designed and perfectly fashioned for your purpose – again, I recommend reading this book. It’s a practical and easy read. Even more, it’s a good reminder that there’s no need for you to try to be like someone else. Embrace your own unique talents and run your own race. Discovering your purpose and using the gifts and talents that God has given you is what ultimately pleases Him. I believe it is in this space —doing what God has called you to do and not every random project under the sun — is what leads to fulfillment in life. Imagine how frustrating life would be for the person trying to become a physician when God had really fashioned that person to be a great school teacher. Imagine the young minds that will miss out on a unique classroom experience because their intended teacher is off somewhere struggling through medical school instead of being a trailblazer, engaging students with his or her unique style of pedagogy. Am I talking to you?
I know it’s easy to get sidetracked and cave in to family and/or peer pressure. Everyone in the family pursued a certain career path and naturally presumed you’d do the same. But what if God has different plans for you? What if you know in your heart that a certain line of work will only make you miserable? Will you fall in line or will you have the courage to pursue the dream that God has placed in your heart?
I’ve learned to embrace what God has given me and not to covet the talents I don’t have. For example, you’ll never find me working in an accounting department nor will you ever hear of me working on a musical CD (not even background vocals – lol!). God has not fashioned me for either of these career paths. I would fail miserably.
Whatever God has called you to do (your purpose), rest assured that you are perfect for the assignment. Once you read In Pursuit of Purpose, you’ll realize how important it is for you to discover your purpose. And when you do, get busy pursing it. I believe on the other side of your obedience, someone or something is there waiting for you. Someone needs your gift. You are the answer to someone’s prayer. Yes, you are needed and you have value. You are the missing piece to someone’s puzzle.
In case you’re on the fence and having doubts about your relevance, here’s a passage from the book….
Have you read this book or do you plan to? If so, please let me know by leaving a response in the comments section. I’d love to hear from you!