“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” 1 Peter 4:10
Allan works as a freelance writer and a blogger. He never set out to become a writer. His teachers would be shocked because he was really bad at English, but he was never without a story.
He attended school in a small suburban town with his mom, dad, and older brother. His whole world growing up was inspired by his family. Though Allan was shy and quiet, he was the pleaser in his family and worked twice as hard to imitate his brother’s talents, including being very outgoing, and charming.
In a rare effort to try something different, Allan tried out for the soccer team. All the kids and parents in town had come out to enjoy the selection and the sunny summer day. Allan made a move to try a bicycle kick but mercilessly found himself facedown in a pile of dog poop.
Allan screamed “It’s not fair! Even the dogs are against me. I can’t do this anymore!”
He ran off the field, hurried home to clean himself, and vowed never again to depart from his brother’s path. This was the final step in forfeiting his gift, not knowing the untapped potential inside of him.
Continuing in His Brother’s Footsteps…
Years passed, and Allan studied the same subjects in college as his brother, but never understood why he wasn’t as happy. Luckily, one of his professors saw potential and encouraged him to compete in an essay contest. Allan entered reluctantly and won first prize.
For the first time, Allan found a talent that was his own, yet out of fear he continued with his brother’s major. He graduated top of his class, got a good job, and worked his way up, but this dream-come-true felt empty.
Moment of Discovery: Taste & See That The Lord Is Good
Out of boredom, Allan started to blog about software, science fiction, etc, and found it to be fulfilling. He blogged for almost a year before being hired as a freelance writer for a software company. After his first gig, he struggled with whether to quit his job and become a freelancer and blogger.
After three months, he quit his job and began his journey to discover who he was apart from his brother. Allan was beginning to understand the seed that God put in each of his children. It is left to his children to discover what gifts and talents are placed in them.
Allan won’t be getting as much money as before, but it is a worthwhile trade for the sense of fulfillment. He knows that God placed this gift in him to serve and benefit others.
The Moral of The Story…
Remember that God never created anyone without a gift, just as no car is made without an engine. There is something in the heart of everyone, pulsing with energy and potential.
“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out”. Proverbs 20:5
Dig deep or get connected to discover your gift. Take your time and do not let another’s gifts distract you from your own. It took Allan almost a quarter of his life to discover that he is unique and talented in his own right.
The seed of greatness is inside you and nothing can take it from you. It may take time to discover and hone your gift, but you will find it.
Thank you for reading and stay blessed always!