"Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people!"
1 Corinthians 12:7 ~The Message
You are remarkable and have gifts that make you stand out among everyone else. Though there may be other people who do what you do or have a similar gifting, no one can do things the way you do them. This alone makes you valuable to others. Sharing your gifts and giving back is a wonderful way to leave your mark on the world, and to glorify God.
Most people spend a lifetime developing their gifts. Whether it’s a vocational talent or a natural gift, time and energy goes into developing it. What you’ve learned along the way can be helpful to people who are coming up behind you.
You provide direct value for others through your gifts. Sometimes you earn your livelihood through your gifts and talents and other times you simply express yourself with them. It’s possible to be a gifted surgeon and also incredible at baking bread. Both talents have great value for others. You may earn your living as a talented graphic artist and spend your off-duty time playing an instrument. Both talents make an impact.
There are benefits and responsibilities to having gifts
Your gifts and talents might come very easy for you or they may be hard won after years of honing your skills. The benefits are you can easily do things that other people can’t, or you have the wisdom and experience that other people don’t have just yet.
Knowing how to do certain things or having talents that other people may not also comes with responsibility. There is a great need to share your gifts and talents with the world. Also, being a teacher and paying things forward is an important responsibility. Most likely someone along your path shared their gifts and talents with you which made your life better. It’s important to do the same for others and be willing to give back. Here’s why-
There are lots of ways to share your gifts and talents and give back
At some point in your journey it makes sense to give back and share your gifts and talents with others. It can change a life and make you feel good all at the same time. Here are some fun ways to give back-
Having gifts and talents is wasted if you aren’t celebrating them with others. Sharing your gifts and talents and finding a way to give back helps every new generation develop their unique gifts and talents too.
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Hi, my name is Melissa Ebken, and I'm so glad you found your way here.
I am at home in the difficult spaces of peoples’ lives, willing to listen and to support those who work to grow themselves. I am a trained coach and have consulted with churches in conflict. Not your stereotypical minister, I embrace the Gospel with joy and laughter as I seek to help those around me grow in faith and understanding, always striving to leave people better than they came. An agent of wholeness, I create a safe space for people, especially those who have been marginalized, where they can understand how ridiculously loved and valued they are by God/Higher Power/Spirit, and to experience the difference that makes in life.
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