Who are we to tell the creator what we want or like to do?
Recently, I heard a message from my pastor, Bishop Daniel Robertson, Jr., about your gift. The scripture relating to this is found in Proverbs 18:16. “A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.”
A few weeks later as I awakened, I was reminded of the many gifts that we’ve been given. Some have been given more than others and some don’t even recognize that what they have is a gift. Nevertheless, for that scripture to be fulfilled, the gifts that we’ve been given must be used or put into practice.
This week, while in the classroom my students were participating in an art activity. It required putting a few pre-cut pieces together and some cutting of another. One of my students had a piece become unglued and began to request my assistance. They told me that they didn’t know what to do. However, I noticed that they hadn’t even tried to find a solution to their problem. When I asked them to try, they told me that it was too hard, then begin to ask another classmate for help. I told the other student not to help as I wanted them to learn how to figure it out as they were more than capable. You see, all they needed to do was to pull one piece of the paper back through the hole and glue it back again. It was just that simple but for some reason, it appeared too hard to even try. After a few prompts and encouragement, they figured it out. I love to see their faces when it all comes together, and they know that they did it!!
I began to think that sometimes, we act a lot like little children. One small obstacle appears to be so insurmountable that we don’t even look at it nor try to begin solving for the “how”. I knew for my student, just like God knows for us, what we’re capable of doing and producing because He put it in us when we were in our mother’s womb. I understand that some of the gifts within won’t be realized until we’re put in difficult situations. God will also use other people that we may not even like to help nurture the gift or bring it to our awareness.
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I knew for my student, just like God knows for us, what we’re capable of doing and producing because He put it in us when we were in our mother’s womb.
There have been many times in my life where I was given an assignment or task on my job or at church and I thought, ‘this has nothing to do with my skill set.’ My skill set up to that point was limited because I hadn’t employed other opportunities for it to grow. I was also telling myself that I didn’t want to be moved out of my comfort zone.
Who are we to tell the creator what we want or like to do? I imagine God in heaven looking down and saying, “Okay, when you’re ready, I’m ready.” The thing is we don’t know the amount of time that we’ve been given, and we must live each day as if it were our last. Meaning, we must live out, move about, and be about what we’ve been designed to do. I know - easier said than done but even if you’re on a job that you don’t like, still do it with everything that you have. Look for opportunities to grow and be open to doing something new when asked.
Every promotion I ever received was because someone saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself. “Patience, I think that you would be good here. Have you considered…or I would like for you to consider…” When I think back, the positions I went after or the doors that I tried to open never worked out!
The reason why we’re still living is because God purposed us to be here. We were designed to help someone, or something fulfill its purpose. We are solutions to someone else’s problem. Don’t underestimate the gift that YOU are and have been given. Many times, you may not be received well by others and that can shut down your gift from flowing. Don’t allow people to intimidate you. Keep moving and find those who will respect and value YOU as a gift, as well as the gifts that you’ve been given.
Polished Power Thought
Don’t underestimate the gift that YOU are and have been given.
Ask God to show you what you’ve been overlooking. I believe that He’ll bring back to your remembrance what others have said positive about you that you may have dismissed or simply taken for granted. I want to leave you with a quote that I recently heard while listening to a teaching by Prophet Dorrine Jones. “Our talent is God’s gift to us. What we do with our talent is our gift back to God. “
What are you waiting for? Who are you waiting on? God is waiting on you for He already knows what He put within and what you’re capable of producing. Recognize, use your gift, and watch it take you places you never even thought possible.
The right gift at the right time can open up new opportunities and gains access to influential people. Proverbs 18:16 (The Voice)