Take a Firm Grasp on Your Gifts
“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” -Anonymous
Dip your pen into the ink of your purpose for it can be an indelible map to help guide your feet. People are moved and motivated by those who have a firm grasp on their gifts and therefore feel confident in their life’s direction. I believe owning our gifts helps us step into our purpose…our reason for being here on this tilt-a-whirl planet.
Christ is the Giver of our Gifts
There is such a security in understanding we are “In Christ” when we say yes to His Lordship and therefore His leadership, He is the Author and Finisher of our faith and therefore we can be confident that the gifts we have been given are the right ones for us and that they are to be operative in whatever we do.
Gifts Don’t Come Easy
Don’t misunderstand, a gift doesn’t mean easy, or that it won’t require our full-heart effort. For several years I had the good fortune to travel with Sandy Patty. Her voice, a phenomenal gift, required much attention. gargles, lozenges, warm-up sessions before every performance, rest…even from talking, hours of vocal exercises, and add to that surgical repairs. God has used her voice all over the world. In fact, she is the most awarded Christian singer e-v-e-r.
Gifts are Wrapped in Responsibility
Gifts come wrapped in responsibilities. And besides teaching us much-needed disciplines, our gifts protect us from soul-splaying envy. Because when we function in our gifts we don’t feel jealous toward other peoples gifts…in fact, we are free to celebrate the way God designed others and gifted them for their part in the family. Gifts are spotlights that illuminate our purpose, bring us deep personal satisfaction, and safeguard our hearts.
Think Out Your Purpose
So remember as we ink and think out our purpose it will help us stay in the lane created for us, as well as inspire others to find their path.
Thank you, Patsy, for this clarification. Bonhoeffer talked about “cheap grace,” and I’m wondering if there’s also something called “cheap gifts.” Our spiritual gifts coupled with our God-given talents and abilities that may be squandered or not diligently developed. Our gifts, talents and abilities are precious and meaningful; giving attention to them honors our Father Who is the Giver of all gifts.
I still don’t know where to begin. It seems like the best things I am able to do is clean house, wait on others ( which I am getting burned out.) I am fortunate to have a good job. I am just so tired all the time and don’t know how to have fun anymore. That’s why I decided to join. You helped me once years ago when I was in a terrible place in my life. In fact I received a letter of encouragement from you. I do find enjoyment reading your books. You have been a blessing in my life. Thanks for listening.
So needed this today! Yay God, he always shows up to guide you! Amen
Thank you Patsy. I have followed your wisdom for decades. I have always been motivated to move out of my comfort zone. Your choice of words seep into my mind and gives me new focus. Thank you!!!
Thank you for taking the time to put this amazing Masterclass together for us. I am being blessed every step of the way through it. I thought I would be able to complete it in no time, I am now going through it for the third time. God Bless you! You have all my gratitude for opening my eyes.
This resonated in me, Patsy. There’s a certain feeling of peace when operating in your gifting, it does take discipline & attention, but it is not forced and there’s an organic feeling throughout. And operating in gifting brings joy, even if there is a bit of anxiety at times. Prayers for you as you prepare to go out on the road & all during your travels. Thank you for operating in your gifts & knowing & sticking to your lane. ❤️