Don’t Waste Your Gifts – Inez Knows
By Inez Lanns
Every person is born with some kind of gift or talent. These natural gifts and talents may vary from person to person. Not all gifts and talents are easy to see while others are evident and place one in the spot light. The gifts and abilities that society deems as exceptional or are recognized by many, often leads to those who possess such gifts to be put on a pedestal or placed in positions where their gifts are openly used. For instance, there are people who have oratory skills, which are recognized in society and they are given the opportunity to share their abilities in front of thousands or become motivational speakers, lawyers, etc. Or those with great singing or athletic ability that obtain public notoriety. However, one having a gift in an area may not be good in another. The ones with the gifts that are not openly seen are just as important as the person with the “obvious” talent. For example that person who speaks publically may not be good at writing and has another person who writes for him or her. Or maybe you’re a great singer who possesses a song writer who writes the lyrics to songs that you sing. What about that athlete has a personal trainer who helps him work out and stayed disciplined or a nutritionist who plans the meals that help them maintain that physique? Everyone’s gifting may be different, but each one is important and beneficial to others when used. They need each other in order to utilize their gifts.
Often times we see people attempting to do something that they are not gifted in, but have the ability or discipline to do it anyway. However, it is not what they are purposed to do. They have to work really hard at it, it can be a big burden and it does not leave them with any peace or satisfaction. They can be in a job or doing something for all of the wrong reasons – simply money, status or because someone told them that is what they should be doing. If you do not know what you are passionate about or what you have interest in, take a moment and find out. You can look back over your life and find some patterns or common things you found interest in or what you were good at from the time that you were a child. For example, natural leaders can look back and find themselves in charge of or leading something since they were playing on the playground or involved in things at school. You can also take personality or strength tests.
As for those people who have gifts and are just sitting on them, don’t waste your gifts! Do you know how many people wished that they could do what you are naturally able to do? It is disheartening to see so many people with gifts – artistic ability, athletic ability, administrative ability, writing ability and the list goes on – that refuse to do anything with it. Don’t allow past experiences of hurt or fear of failure stop you from exercising what is in you! Get through the healing process, get past the fear and start walking in what you are purposed! You have something that you are supposed to be doing. You possess something special and something that is needed! When you start, you will feel freedom and a weight lifted because there is joy in it!
We were all created different. You can do things that the next person can’t do, and that person can do the things that you can’t do. We were all created uniquely for a reason. We need to embrace and respect each other’s differences, and realize that if we each do what we were purposed to all of us could prosper and succeed. Stop wishing you had someone else’s gift, and start focusing on the gift that you possess. Grow in your gift, nurture it, and appreciate it. Most of all don’t sit on it and waste away your gift. It is yours. It is important. And it is needed. When you do what you are purposed to do, you will have an unexplainable sense of fulfillment. When you utilize your gifts and talents, there will be no stopping you!
Inez Lanns was born and raised in Ventura County. She currently owns an Internet Marketing & Communications business called Inez Knows. She also writes on her blog on her web site: www.inezknows.com