I used to be so confused about my gifting. I remember seeking counsel before I got admission into the university. The questions that plagued my soul were:
“What if I miss it?”
“What if I study a course that has no relationship with my gifting? Doesn’t it mean that I’ve missed my path to destiny?”
“What exactly am I supposed to do with the talents God has blessed me with?”
Has any of these questions ever crossed your mind?
T. D. Jakes wrote in his book, Instinct:
“Unfortunately, there’s no instruction manual in the box when you uncrate the gift inside of you. I can’t tell you how many times I wished there were some type of specific directions given as to exactly how we should increase the tangible and intangible gifts we have been given in life. The singer has the gift of song but no sheet music revealing whether to teach, perform, or record. The artist has the gift of drawing, but no blueprint as to whether he should pursue graphic design or fine art landscapes.
In fact, if instructions were included with our gifts, then our instincts would not have to be activated. God doesn’t give details when he gives gifts. He just gives us the instinct and the opportunity. He allows us to meet the right people at the right time and challenge us with how they perceive our capacity to perform. When life gives us gifts and an opportunity to use those gifts, this in itself is a compliment and, more important, our permission to advance.
So don’t wait on someone else to tell you how, when, and where to do what only you can know inside you. No one will tell you this is the moment. No announcer will declare this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for. No parent, spouse, business partner, mentor, lover, coach, teacher, or pastor can tell you the time of your appointment with destiny.”
My question is: are you able to identify opportunities to advance when they come?
Are you able to identify people who challenge your capacity to perform – to do much more than you thought you could?
Are you still waiting for a validation; for someone to dramatically announce to you your appointment with destiny?
The answer you seek without, is already within you!