People often say we should follow our gifts, but that advice is not very helpful if we don’t know what our gifts are. Here are a few things I have learned about discerning our gifts:
- Consider what you’re good at. Is it performing small acts of kindness? public speaking? building sets? doing math? Your gift doesn’t have to be something flashy or even a gift named in scripture. All kinds of gifts are needed to love and serve one another.
- Ask yourself: What do I love doing? What gives me joy and makes me feel alive? You may be good at something and not enjoy doing it. That’s OK, but it may mean this isn’t your gift.
- Pay attention to compliments you get from other people. Sometimes others can see our gifts more clearly than we can. Often I am frustrated with computers, but my friends tell me I’m good with them and ask me for help all the time. I’ve finally accepted that I understand computers better than I think I do.
- Don’t get discouraged if you haven’t discovered your gift. Some gifts may take longer to uncover, especially if the talent is unexpected or something you’ve taken for granted.
PRAY: As you seek to discover your gifts, ask God to help you discern what you do well, what stirs your passion, what God may be calling you to do for the good of others.