Mary Williamson once said, “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
God is good. I find it so overwhelmingly incredible that He is always willing to use us for His Kingdom. It’s true; we all have some sort of gift that God has bestowed upon us. But are you using yours? Are you taking Him at His word and truly believing that He who started a good work in you is going to finish it? Or that He has called you to shine brightly in the world? That He has a plan and future for you? I would hope and pray that your answer would be yes to all these questions and that you are using all the gifts God has given you for His Glory. However, sometimes it is hard to just comprehend the fact that God is that good and that He knows you like that.
I feel as though there are these types of attitude we can get that make us think that we are not good enough to be used by God. Then, there is the excuse that we are doing enough by just reading our bibles every now and then, or that we are truly pursuing God since we go to church every Sunday. Well, I hate to burst your bubble, but God has given you these gifts for a reason. They are to be used!
So here are three suggestions about understanding your personal gifts and talents.
- Discover your gifts/talents if you haven’t already. If you find yourself thinking you could never be good enough, then perhaps you just need to find out where it is that you just fall in love with God over and over again. What activity drives you? It could be as simple as teaching kids to playing the kazoo! Understand that God is not limited to using you just because the world doesn’t see something as being a talent.
- Just Do It. If you feel called to try a certain ministry or have a desire to get involved somewhere, then do it. Stop waiting for someone to tell you that you might be good at it. If it is something you think you will enjoy then it can never hurt to find out. On top of that by actually using your gifts you are going to begin to discover these new dreams, desires and passions you have…..crazy enough those will line up with what God has planned for you!! When you start using your gifts for God, you will open up a new door to the relationship you have with Him.
- Remember your first love. In Revelation 2:2-5 God is talking to the church of Ephesus and says “I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” There are a few things from these verses. Clearly, God sees and understands us. He knows what we do. He knows what rattles our cage, and He sees how we handle things. But He will hold it against you if you forget your first love, which is obviously Him. Coming straight from experience, I can promise you that it is so easy to get caught up in it all and forget the One who gave you the gifts in the first place. Don’t allow that to happen. Remind yourself daily that you don’t deserve the gifts and talents you have. You’re not entitled to these gifts; if that was the case it wouldn’t be a GIFT. God gave them to you because He LOVES you!
So with all that said, don’t allow anyone to ever discourage you about what you can do. Let the light God has given you shine like never before! You were fearfully and wonderfully made! Use the gifts you have for the Glory of God and be confident while doing so knowing that the King of Kings has allowed you to be a part of His Will!
About the Author:
Allie Moroles is a senior at Texas Tech from Midland, TX. She is majoring in Exercise Sports Science and minoring in English and Education. Allie is extremely passionate about worship for the ultimate glorification of her Lord and Savior. She is thoroughly involved in the Worship and Creative Arts department at Trinity. She plays the violin and viola. Find out more about her by reading her profile from the Prize 31 blog.