And then I was inspired.
I learnt that God hasn’t placed the gifts inside me for myself necessarily; they're there for others too.
Here I was thinking my blog was all about me, that I did writing for myself. When really that wasn’t true at all. I don't write for myself. I write to be read. And I think that’s why I have this writing gift (if you want to call it that); to be able to write about different topics and share my perspectives in order to challenge my readers and get them thinking about everyday (and not everyday) issues, situations, and life lessons.
So now I want to challenge you!
What gifts do you have that you aren’t using, or aren’t sharing? Are you actually doing anything with your gifts? Just like a skill where the more you practice the better you get, it’s the same with our gifts too, the more we use them, the more developed they will become.
Think about it. If you used your gift (whatever it may be) to touch a different person’s life in some way or form each week for 6 months, that’s 24 people. And then what if those 24people ‘paid it forward’ and used their own gifts to touch other people in their lives, and so on. If you do the maths that’s a huge amount of people being touched all because one person chose to use what God gave them.
There is no gift so small that it will go unfelt by those it touches. There are no small gifts. Each person has something to offer. It’s just a matter of if you use them or not.
So think about what you're good at! What do you have to offer the people around you? And start using it! The more you use this ‘muscle’ the more it will be strengthened and developed. Remember, you don't necessarily have your gifts for yourself; they're for other people too!