Gifts and Calling

“For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands,”
‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭1:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Every one of us is born with particular gifts and natural abilities that answers the question of, “why are we here?” In other words pointing to what we were created to do and what problems we were born to solve. Each of us have particular inclinations or predisposition to certain things. These are often God given tendencies that points us in the direction of our life calling.

If we watch most children, we can get clues into what areas they seem drawn to. This can be assessed from the subjects that they pay greater attention to in school and the things that hold their interest. The challenge is that at times some parents try to bend children into a certain mould. Some parents try to live vicariously through their children or at times project their own fears of inadequacy unto them. For example, a parent who failed at a sport despite their passion for it, may try to steer their child away from sports. Although the child maybe gifted in that particular area, a parent maybe worried that their child could repeat their mistakes of failure.

I believe that God created us all unique with distinct functions and has given us gifts and abilities to impact the world. God must also be disappointed when we spend our lives trying to be carbon copies of other people. “Comparison is the thief of joy,” and trying to do what someone else is doing because they seem to be reaping success from it does not guarantee your own success. It is good to admire others but not at the expense of doing what God has called you to do.

Seek God to hear from him about what he has called you to do. Do not be afraid to walk in your God given calling and destiny. At times we need the support of a counsellor or a coach to support us to refine what it is that we are called to do. And then be brave enough to do what you feel is your life’s purpose and calling. Too many people are stuck in jobs that they hate because of their need to conform to societal norms. Start living intentionally and with a purpose to be who God has called you to be.

“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance (irrevocably).” (Romans 11:29)


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