Living life on purpose is important. Therefore, are you using the gifts and talents God gave you? Steve Harvey said, “If you’re waking up thinking that it has to be more to your life than it is, believe that it is.”
My friend, don’t be misled into thinking a gift is only something creative. A gift is whatever God gave you.
He created you with a purpose; therefore He gave it to you before you were conceived. You’ll continue feeling lost if you don’t use your gifts.
If this sounds like it’s hitting home, I listed reasons that you maybe hindering you from doing so.
1. You Are Afraid
Fear is something that everyone experiences from time to time, but there are so many ways to get past this.
As the classic saying goes, “you must feel the fear and do it anyway”.
Yes, pray, fast, and take a leap of faith!
Fear is paralyzing and if it’s not dealt with it will keep you in a mental prison.
Fear is defined as false evidence appearing real, but if we describe the words false and appear—these are words don’t derive from fact. The dictionary meaning of false is not according with truth or fact; incorrect.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NIV
2. You’re Too Busy Doing Something Else
You’re too consumed with other things.
You are always busy doing everything else and your gift is not a priority.
Your job, family, friends, children, and neighbors take every moment of your time, and you let them.
In the process you lost yourself and it’s easier to stay busy with something rather than face what you aren’t doing.
Everyone in your life is getting what they want from you, but your desires are buried.
This is not to say that being a wife, a great parent, and an awesome friend is not what you’re gifted to do, but is this all you are here to do with your life?
You are helping your employer reach their dreams right?
They certainly don’t have a problem with this as long as you don’t (as it’s not their job to nurture your gift).
Yes, there are times when we place our gifts to the side due to various reasons and seasons. Life circumstances, illness, moving, and loss will cause this.
However, how do we explain not sharing our gifts with the world for five, ten, or fifteen plus years?
You must demand more from yourself and make room for your gifts. According to the Bible, when you do this, your gift will make room for you.
A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men. Proverbs 18:16 KJV
It doesn’t matter how busy you are, if we aren’t doing what God placed you here to do, that does not equal success.
3. You’re Afraid of Failing So You Settled Along the Way
You may have used your gifts at some point in your younger years but something happened to make you put everything to the side.
Someone told you that what you love won’t provide a living, or you may have failed at it previously. You’re afraid of trying again because if it does not work out, you’d be disappointed in yourself. Do you want to continue on life’s never ending treadmill?
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You know, the one in which you barely keep up with bills and just do what you have to do!
Working and doing a job you don’t like—just to get by—now has you captive.
Along the way you settled for what was handed to you opposed to developing what God gave you.
Moses said to the Lord, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow to speech and tongue.” Exodus 4:7 NIV
The voice that used to cheer you on is now buried beneath the voice that says to stay in your comfort zone, it’s much safer.
When you settle, you will never be happy with yourself because you know deep down inside you have something more to give.
So try it again.
No matter what your reasons are, don’t let fear rob you of doing what you are placed here to do another day. Kick fear in the face by choosing to walk in the Power of the Holy Spirit. Share this with friends and family members that need to hear this.
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