“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.