Date Added: January 2016
Using gifts for grace and service was a recent article. Many have asked how to discern gifts. While difficult to explain in a short article, the following questions summarized from Carol Howard Merritt in “Sick, and You Care for Me” may help.
Considering your response to each question may begin to help determine your gifts, how to live a life of grace, and your purpose in serving others.
What would happen if our lives directly related to acts of grace and service? What would happen if we praised where we received our gifts vs. praising ourselves? What would happen if we donated time to help others? What would happen if we invested as much time doing the right things as believing the right things? What would happen if we learned to freely give our gifts to others?
Our world would probably look different – better – than it currently does. “Perhaps a little more like ‘Earth as it is in Heaven’ if we actually worked for an Earth that mirrors Heaven,” wrote Merritt. We cannot afford to sit for too long trying to determine what our gifts really are or wait for the right time to use them. We must share our gifts with others. Part of the sharing will help with gift discernment and knowing whether you are helping others or yourself.
We are not perfect human beings; although we each are as perfect as we are supposed to be. Your gift may be empathy, listening, caring. None take a lot of effort, only time and compassion to implement at work, home and community.
A co-worker has the gift of assurance. Grounded in her faith, she positively impacts others and makes people feel better about themselves merely by listening, smiling and/or being present. She needs to simply “be.” While she may not have known her gift, sitting on the sidelines and not interacting with others prevents us from using gifts.
Merritt concluded we must interact with others “because every gift comes from above, and so it is our hope and our longing to keep giving.” Learn your gifts by acting, sharing and serving.
David Yeghiaian is committed to positively impacting the lives of others through faith, inspiration and leadership. Reach him at email@example.com.