Gifted, Part 1

Did you know that you are gifted?

Seriously. You are! Recently, I heard parents use that word with resentment. These parents understand Gifted as the label used to identify kids with high academic achievements. Upon googling the definition of “Gifted,” I found this description: “having exceptional talent or natural ability.” And there you have it, friend! YOU. ARE. GIFTED. You cannot possibly convince me that you have no natural ability.

My favorite Bible verse comes from Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God has prepared in advance for us to do.”

While I have been immensely blessed to have so many abilities, I know now that one of the reasons why I have so much anxiety is because I find myself in a mound of achievements that distract me from my purpose. Ok, moms, let’s get real. Do you have a never ending pile of laundry? If you don’t, I’m sorry to tell you that we can’t be friends! Anyway, I feel like I’m sitting on top of this pile of all the things I can do, but don’t know what I am designed to do. Can you use a butter knife to open the door? To put furniture together? Maybe. I’m not going to lie, I totally used a butter knife to hammer some tiny nails into a bookshelf I was putting together. It required a lot of extra, unnecessary work!

I have been praying a lot lately, asking God for wisdom and to help me see what He has already placed in front of me. Or beneath me. God has designed each of us with a very specific purpose. Maybe that word intimidates you so let me rephrase: You have a job. You were created to do something only you can do! Now that I’m digging through my layers, I realize that my purpose is tied to my identity, and my identity belongs to the one who designed me.

So, Designer, what did You create me to do? How do I inspire others and shine a light that glorifies you?

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