One thing I have learned over the years is that we are all born with gifts and talents. Some discover this by accident, some just know it and some don’t recognize them as gifts and or talents.
When we excel in certain areas that is because we are gifted or have the talent to do so. Some things we learn but other things just come natural…those are gifts and or talents
I grew up loving and wanting to have a lot of babies. Several years went by with me only having one child.
I was in my early 30’s when my husband and I became foster parents. It wasn’t long before they were sending us only babies with special needs. I discovered quickly that I had been blessed with the gift to love and care for those babies and then let go of them feeling fulfilled. Had God not given me the gift to do that I would not have been able to do it. I had no idea until after the fact that desire for wanting a lot of babies was preparing me to be a foster and adoptive parent and use the gifts and talents I had been given.
Another thing I do that comes natural to me is give hugs. I give them in person, in cards and letters, via the internet and in text messages. I believe this is a gift…I have hugged many people, some I knew well, some casually and some were total strangers.
I have never been turned down for a hug or pushed away when I went to hug someone. I am not comfortable in crowds and don’t like shopping because of that. Yet there have been times while among a crowd of strangers I walked up to someone, started a conversation and gave them a hug that was needed and appreciated.
The following are examples of my take on gifts and talents…
One who excels in and loves math was not given their gift to just be able to balance their checkbook.
One who excels in and loves cooking was not given their gift to just cook meals for themselves and or family.
One who loves sports and excels in one or more was not given their gift to just play in the yard with their family and neighbors.
One who loves and excels in music was not given their gift to just sing in the shower.
One who has a love for medicine was not given their gift to just bandage scrapes and cuts.
I could go on but won’t.
I believe our gifts and talents were given to us as a means to help provide for ourselves and family and to help and bless others no matter what those gifts and talents are.
Feel free to share some of your gifts and talents here if you would like…I would very much enjoy hearing what they are.