What we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God. ~ Eleanor Powell
I have never met anyone who wasn’t unique in some way, who didn’t have a special gift to share with the world. The problem is that most people don’t acknowledge their gifts because they are always the things that come naturally and easily, even if we get better at them with practice.
We live in a society that crazily seems to prize two things above all others: hard work to get somewhere, or money for nothing.
I’m not talking about either of those.
I’m talking about the essence of your soul, the thing you ARE. And we catch glimpses of it from the moment of our birth.
I’ll give you some examples, and maybe you’ll start to understand what I mean…
My Grandmother had a gift for listening. When you spoke with her you knew she truly heard you, and acknowledged what you were saying and feeling. She was trustworthy and wise, and she helped many people through this gift. She never had a job or a career, and yet she touched the lives of many.
I have a client who has never been educated. He can’t read or write, can barely sign his name. He has lived in the Outback his entire life. But he can break any horse. He can turn any wild brumby into a horse that can be ridden and worked with, and he does it gently, without breaking their spirit. No-one ever showed him. He just seems to know how to communicate with them and win their trust.
I have a friend who is a nurse. I’ve know her for many years. She’s a talented nurse, and studied hard to get there, but her real gift? She has a knack for comforting people.
Ask anyone who’s known her and they’ll tell you the same. She’s been like that since she was small. Animals, people, upset children, she just seems to know what to say, how to move, and her touch is filled with love and kindness. Her voice is soothing and reassuring, or cheerful when it needs to be.
It’s not just her ability to do her job, it’s the essence she brings to that job that is so important.
Don’t ever think that you have nothing worthy to offer the world. You came here with a gift inside you, perhaps even more than one. That might not be a gift that will bring you great fame and riches, or public acclaim.
But for someone in your life, your gift will mean the world.
Not sure what your gift is? Look back through your life. What came easily? What was a natural expression of who you are? What have you done or been where you know you uplifted, or connected, or helped in some way?
You may have discounted this thing as ordinary or unimportant. But I promise you, it’s not. And all you ever have to be is yourself!
You are precious, and valuable, and important to the richness and texture of life.
Kermit says it better than anyone…