We ALL have something to offer one another, we just have to know ourselves well enough to know what that something is. And yes, some offerings are bigger than others, but that’s not to say that my gifts/talents are not as good as yours and vice versa. It’s not the size of your gift or talent, it’s your willingness to share it with others that makes it have worth.
It saddens me that there are a multitude of people out there that are in one or more of the following situations and don’t share their gifts and talents.
They don’t know what “it” is.
This is where you take time to do some “soul searching” and discover what you are good at.
This is where you have to be strong enough to harness your own gifts and talents, to exercise them to make them stronger, whatever they may be.
They have been told that they are not good enough.
Most of these “lies” are told to you by the people who are struggling with their gift/talent. It seems to me that people who are struggling want others to struggle along with them. The saying “misery wants company” comes to mind. Not only should we climb out of this pit, but we should help those around us out as well.
They choose to hide their gifts and talents out of shame or fear of rejection.
Depending on what your gift or talent is, some feel that others will not understand or will reject them as a person. Some have the ability to dancing, yet are afraid of being on stage. There are those with the gift of mercy, that are afraid of being “walked on” by others. Be strong in your gifts and talents. In the end, you are the one that has to answer for what was instilled in you.
They believe that their gift/talent is meaningless.
No matter what your gift or talent is, it is yours and it has value. Some of you may be blessed in organizational skills in regard to information or events. There are those that may believe this is not truly a gift, and they would be wrong. The things that we are good at no matter how insignificant they may appear, are priceless to the right people. Someone needs an office manager or a wedding planner. You just have to find where your peg fits.
They don’t know how to apply their gift.
This one can be tricky. Yet like I mentioned a minute ago, someone out there needs your abilities. It’s just a matter of finding them. This is where your “tribe” comes into play. Most of the time when I need something done, someone in my circle knows someone in their circle that can provide that particular service. Trust in those in your “tribe”, if they are truly in your corner they will put the word out when the need arises.
I realized early on as a new father, that there are quite a few skills that I do not know how to do. I am not very skilled as a mechanic, electrician, finish carpentry, etc. I am a “Jack of all trades, master of none”. As a young father I thought about all the skills I wanted my son(s) to learn, but quickly I realized I do not really know how to do them myself.
Then it hit me, my friends know how to do most of the skills that I am lacking.
“It takes a village to raise a child.”
This statement I have heard a thousand times, and now it finally made sense. If my friends agree to help teach my children certain skills that they have, then there may be a skill that I have that I can help teach their children… What a concept! No one knows how to do everything in life. That’s what makes us great as people, we all have a skill/talent that makes us special, and unique.
When I speak of gifts and talents, it’s not just the skills you possess such as woodworking, mechanics, public speaking, etc. It is also the gifts and abilities of leadership, hospitality, mercy, or giving just to name a few. We all have them, you just have to discover yours.
We, as a community of people, have the ability help one another realize their gifts and talents are important. I must develop and grow my gifts and talents in order to help those around me to see their potential. We must not bury our talents in the dirt and watch others grow theirs. We must use every opportunity we can to help others to grow their gifts. If you are familiar with the Bible story about the man who buried his talent in the ground, while the others grew theirs, then you know what I am talking about. (Matthew 25:14-30) Take a minute, read the story and share your thoughts.