Yesterday my friend, Ron Almberg wrote a very interesting article entitled “Human Capacity”. I encourage you to read it when you have a moment. It got me thinking about the subject he was writing about – talents and gifts that we all possess and how they are used. Also the age-old question, “why does ‘so and so’ have more talent or gifts than I do”?
As I pondered this question and others like it that he brings up in this article – I was keenly aware of those on programs like American Idol and other reality shows – who may think they are really gifted and talented – only to have the truth plainly spoken to them by others with both experience and insight in that field to tell them – they are not. As a musician I am very interested in this subject and I can’t tell you how many “gifted” children and adults who have walked through my doors over the years. Well at least they thought they were.
There may be something that you have a passion for – but reality sets in and you may have to give that dream up – because your dream or goal may be unrealistic in comparison to your gifting and talent. I looked up the word ‘passion’ and here’s what I found:
any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling, as love or hate.
strong amorous feeling or desire; love; ardor.
strong sexual desire; lust.an instance or experience of strong love or sexual desire.
a person toward whom one feels strong love or sexual desire.
a strong or extravagant fondness, enthusiasm, or desire for anything: a passion for music.
the object of such a fondness or desire:
Accuracy became a passion with him.
an outburst of strong emotion or feeling:
I believe you can have a ‘passion’ for something and yet – lack the talent or skill needed to accomplish a personal goal. How many times have you heard the judges tell a contestant, “Singing is not going to be your career – you need to find something else” and while those words may be a HUGE blow to someone – ( we see the outbursts and tears don’t we?) – it may be the biggest favor that these strangers could give to that person.
I believe with my whole heart that NOT getting everything we’re desperately wanting – we’re passionate about – may be the greatest gift we ever get. Not getting everything we ask for – is sometimes for our own good.
So what am I saying? Don’t work hard at anything we’re passionate about? No way. But I believe that God “gifts” everyone in different ways – and it is our job to find what uniquely makes us different and special from all the rest. Not trying to fit into something we’re not – not trying to be a pro athlete if we’re not given special ability – or to be an artist – if we have trouble even making stick people. Find out what makes you unique – and where you have abilities that only you have – better than anyone else. Can you pray? Do you have a passion for interceding for your friends and family – how about missionaries? Then be that prayer warrior. No one can pray like you can! Do you have a special ability to work with your hands? Do you like to build things? Do you love to bless people? Just know this: No one can do that as well as you can!
We are happiest and most joyful when we find and operate in the boundaries of what God has gifted us to do. As soon as you discover what that is – ask someone you are close to – to confirm it. Soon you will be soaring – sharing what is unique to you. No copycat attempts – just a special and gifted…YOU!