Dormant Gifts

Rose drawing I know it’s not a master piece. Actually it would not have been done had it not been for a friend who thought my line drawings were so good that she requested this drawing for a possible design for her batiks. She does lovely designs so I was particularly pleased that she would consider my drawing worthy of her notice and was glad to bless her with it. She was actually surprised that I produced the drawing. It’s one of those things I can do and would do better with practice and training, but for some reason I’d rather draw stick men and smiley faces. My children were quite pleased with my stick men until one day my daughter saw me draw something proper. She was awed and got rather interested in drawing and artwork in general. I’d like to think I blessed her with inspiration.

There is a blessing in having ‘extra’ gifts. I personally have a dream to write and illustrate children’s books someday when life is less busy. So I may have a good base to start learning art. Mine may not seem much but I’ve heard of others who had to draw down on their dormant gifts in tough situations. It turned out to be the only thing they could use to make it through till their lives returned to some semblance of normalcy. Then they realised they loved using their formally hidden gift and made the use of it their main source of income or pleasurable pass time. So today I’ll encourage you to stop a moment and take stock of your abilities. Is there something (or even things) that you can do somewhat easily but you just never considered a gift you can use for some good? I’ll suggest you make note of these gifts or abilities and take the time to pray about them. Ask God if He wants them to be used in a particular time or way. I believe no ability God gives us is to be wasted. Fact is, He may not require us to use them in some grand production but even if it is to help a friend, amuse a child, encourage a lonely heart, then it is not wasted, it’s been invested. One day you’ll reap dividends.

Can you use a hidden gift today to bless someone? Even if it seems a minor deed, a bright smile, a listening ear, an encouraging word that seem to make sense and do the job when it comes out of your mouth? How about making up a story for your child. My son loves to ask me for new stories about a character called “Butch”. I don’t even know how I came up with that name, but I now think I need to write down my “Butch sagas.” Of course there is always a valuable lesson for my son worked into those stories. So think about it and if you can, awaken your sleeping gift and use it today.

Heavenly Father, we know you are the giver of every good and perfect gift. Help us today to recognise the hidden gits you have so graciously given us. Show us when and how to use them for your honour and glory. We love you and are grateful for your love. In Jesus name.

James 1:17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

 


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