Brian is an aspiring writer that focuses on creating informative pieces that revolve around health education.
Do you believe you are special?
Each and every one of us is born into this world with a gift, whether we believe it or not. The ‘gift’ we were bestowed with is usually the purpose in which we were sent to earth for in the first place. Do you believe or have faith that your existence on the face of the earth was for a reason? Did you ever wonder why God placed you on this specific part of the globe where you are right now at this very exact point of time?
Many people live their entire lives with their heads down, which many a times are the result of low self-esteem and lack of confidence in their own identity and capabilities. They never truly harness their greatness and power within because they get lost from trying to blend in rather than stand out. If you ask people generally, they would rather be accepted than revered. This of course is a selective condition, not to be applied across the board. But generally speaking, we know that many of us have the tendency to follow the crowd. In psychological context, this is called the bandwagon effect. It is a tendency to conform to the norm, and not go against it, believed to make us more likeable. It is ingrained in society the herd mentality, whereby it is easy to blend in rather than chart our own path.
However, if you have lived long enough in the society, you will know the harsh reality that you can never satisfy everyone. If that is the case, why succumb to peer pressure and selling yourself short? In fact, the only person that you need to first satisfy is your own self. Your own needs should be a priority and one of the way to prioritize your needs over others is to first focus on being the best version of yourself. Shut off the naysayers and take the high road when you face opposition. Being modest is one thing, but, if it comes at the cost of making you undervalue your own self, it has turned into a self-deprecating act. This behavior may backfire and instead of getting people to like you, it may give people a sense of discomfort having to tolerate your insecurities.
How to overcome such behaviours that are self-destructive? How do we avoid sabotaging ourselves and underestimating what we are capable of? In order to not fall into this trap, it is vital to be aware of your strengths and weakness. Yes, we are humans and we have our shortcomings, but we should never let it define us. What differentiate a regular Joe from a high performer is that the latter has a high sense of self. The successful ones do not allow others to dictate what they can or cannot do. They have a high regard of their capabilities and instead of focusing on what they cannot do, they capitalize on the strength they have and use it to their advantage.
Seek & You Will Find that You Have Greatness Within You
In order to reach that level of awareness, we must first search deep within us and in doing so, we can only know our true self. Truth be told; we can never understand the greatness we have within us if we do not seek it. If we do not seek it, how can we find it, and if we do not find it, how can we tap on it? This may sound simple, but it is easier said than done. However, with everything that we do, it is better to start small than to never start at all. Just like Les Brown always said; “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great”. This is indeed a simple yet wise piece of advice from a wise man of this present day and age.
Never ever for a second think that your presence in this world is meaningless or a burden to others. That is your inferiority talking. Silence it by telling yourself positive affirmations. We do have our downtime and bad days, but, make the good days count. Consequently, you will see how your life improve and notice the transformation of self as a byproduct of a positive mindset. You are the owner of your thoughts and you choose what you dwell on. Practise filtering through what you allow your mind to digest.
You Are Enough
Every person regardless of their physical handicap is not really at a disadvantage unless you put yourself there. Having a ‘victim’ mindset will make it worse as you will feed off self-pity and that will cause more harm than good. A good example of someone, who did not allow his circumstances dictate his life is American- Australian evangelist and motivational speaker, Nick Vujicic. Albeit being born with an obvious physical disability, he turned it around to enable him to touch people’s life in a spiritual way and minister to them. He did not achieve this overnight and he also had to fight off his own demons and insecurities, which moulded him into who he is today. Nick saw through the predicament he was in, but managed to find the ray of hope and focused his strength into harnessing the ‘gift’ of ministering that God bestowed upon him.
Never ever for a split second think that the Lord brought you to this world to suffer; He did not bring forth life to only sentence you to a meaningless existence. He sent you to this earth with a gift embedded inside you. Some uncover their potential quite early in life, whereas some may take longer to discover their true ‘power’. The key here is not how fast you discover your calling, instead, it boils down to how you use it to fulfill your destiny that God has planned for you. Some people may be incredibly talented and gifted, yet, their lives is not one that you wish to have. Simply put, it depends on your outlook and what you decide to do with the ‘gift’ you receive from God.
Be The Light that Shines
As a Christian, being talented and gifted is seen as the Lord’s anointing upon one. We do not see it as our own doing, but instead a blessing from God. God entrusted upon us the ‘gift’ as He has faith in us coming through with due diligence and making good use of the ability. Being gifted is like receiving direct anointing from God. Rise up to the anointing and unleash your true potential. Our gift is unique to us, just like how no two person is the same. God creates us special, thus, we must believe and act as such. Every gift has its purpose that God intend for us to develop and make full use of.
Develop your relationship with God in order to harness your true potential and claim your calling. If you believe that you are a vessel in God’s orchestra, stand tall and stand proud. Cloak yourself with the mantle of assurance that the Lord will be there along the way, if you allow Him. Grab the torch and let it burn bright, illuminating not only your path but also sharing the ‘light’ with others and enlightening their lives with the gift you have to offer.
Do Not Be Afraid to Shine
Never back down and be intimidated with the greatness that you manifest in your life. Being great and gifted may attract opposition and you may have to face the brunt of jealousy, envy, and resentment. There will even be people that will call you out for this gifts that you have and act like it’s a curse. For some Christians, you may even come under spiritual attack whereby the devil seeks to throw you off guard and derail you from the path you are in, causing you to not fulfill your destiny.
In order to keep you aligned and grounded, just remember this – darkness is the absence of light, faith overcomes fear, and evil repulses good. When you feel like it is getting too much, just seek God for guidance to do right by Him. Bear in mind that our gift is a grace, also known as God’s favour upon us. We are blessed with it, because God intends for us to have it. Hence, once God anoints us with the gift, He does not take it back. It is up to us to receive and harness it and utilize it well. It is up to us whether we use it for the greater good and worthy of our calling or let it die with us. Do we let the world have a taste of our gift or do we bring our gifts to the graves with us?
Like what famed motivational speaker Les Brown use to say – “The graveyard is the richest place on Earth”. I second this notion and fully agree despite the controversial stand this statement carry. Do you know why is that so? It is because many a times, people who are born gifted never put to full use the gift that they have; hopes and dreams never fulfilled, discoveries not made, just because someone was too afraid to take the first step.
Ultimately, you are the only real obstacle in your path to living a fulfilling and meaningful life. Know that one way or another you has been blessed with different abilities, talents, and capabilities from others. We differ from each other in that we have different interests and inclinations. Determine what it is that you are good at and work at enhancing it.
Identify Your Gifts and Use It Well
In the Bible, there was a mention by Paul the Apostle that we have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead then do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. (Romans 12:6-8)
The spiritual gifts are found in three separate passages in the New Testament Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12–14, and Ephesians 4. According to 1 Corinthians 12:6, God the Father pours in the power, Jesus the Son assigns the ministry, and God the Holy Spirit gives out the gifts as He deems necessary for the proper functioning of the church body.
The gifts may be organized in several ways. I will use the most common grouping relevant to my Christian background. Establishing gifts (Ephesians 4:11 and 1 Corinthians 12:29); apostles, prophets, evangelists, and pastor-teachers - these gifts are used primarily for planting and growing churches.
Supporting gifts (Romans 12:6-8); prophecy, service, teaching, encouragement, giving, administration/leadership, and mercy. These gifts are used primarily to organize and administer the church so that it may best carry out its responsibilities.
Ministry gifts (1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 27-31); wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, helps, administration, leadership, distinguishing spirits, speaking in tongues, and interpreting tongues. These are the tools that the Holy Spirit utilizes for the ongoing ministry of the church.
The thing about being gifted is one, identifying and living up to your calling is another. Unless you identify with it, the gift you have will remain ineffective and hidden. The same concept of receiving physical worldly gifts is such, getting the gifts may be a happy and wonderful thing. But, if you just leave it unopened and kept in the store, it will not contribute anything to you.
In going about manifesting your talent and greatness, be assured that as a child of God, when you live and breathe for God, Christ will inevitably grow within you and form a shield from any outside forces that seek to make you stray. Once you realize that you are gifted, and you know that your knowledge and craft can in fact be used to grow the church and the kingdom of God, you will never look back or wonder anymore whether you are worthy.
Identify Your Purpose and Work It!
So, quiet your mind and seek the Lord. Pray to God and ask that He open your eyes so that you can see the gifts inside you. Pray that God will not only reveals the treasure talents and gifts inside of you, but ask that He gives you the strength, courage, wisdom, and resources that will enable you to use your gifts to His glory.
Be rest assured that God has definitely created you with a purpose. So, go and find your purpose and use it well to glorify Him. God is the giver of anything that is good. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us by God. There is more good in this world than most people realize. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the Heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (James 1:17)
YOU HAVE GREATNESS WITHIN YOU
This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.
© 2021 Brian
Brian (author) on February 21, 2021:
You're most welcome, Dora. Am pleased to know that you enjoy the article and appreciate the message it conveys.
Hopefully, more people will realise that we ought to make full use of the gifts God gave us and spend our 'borrowed' time on earth wisely before we go back to Him.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on February 15, 2021:
A blessing to read Dora. My big sister and I used to carry buckets of water to water the Iris and the Lilacs. I love those plants.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on February 15, 2021:
Thanks for the inspiration. Your article is filled with truth, and we can never hear too much of it. I appreciate your call for us to make the best use of our God-given gifts.