Are you using your spiritual gifts?
If you are anything like me, this isn’t a question that is top of mind.
Rather than thinking about my gifts, my attention shifts to what education I received in college or maybe the jobs I’ve held throughout my life.
It is these experiences that I use to guide me in what I should do and be in life.
But, I’m beginning to wonder if that is how God wants me to live?
Should life be less about the education I decided to embark upon (which was 100% my decision, no input from the One who created me), and more about finding a job and career that fits the gifts God has placed uniquely in me?
This is the question that Emily Dedo wrestled with as she transitioned away from her accounting career.
For more than two years, Emily kept feeling a tug, a pull, if you will, on her spirit. The question that rattled around in her head was, “Is this all there is to life?”
I know this question well. It was the same question that rattled around in my own head as I contemplated quitting my academia job.
And it was this question that God used as a sign to show Emily He was moving her into something new.
But, it was the fear of the unknown around what’s next and of living on one income that kept Emily paralyzed to a life that she was familiar and educated in.
Until, she finally found the courage to do something different.
And this courage, well, it has made all the difference. Today, her soul is renewed. She has found joy again, and she is healthier.
Even though it took over 4 months to finalize her next career move, the simple step of releasing a job she had outgrown and trusting God to provide, was restoration to her weary, stressed-out soul.
Finding Out How God Created You
If you find yourself like Emily asking “Is this all there is to life?,” then I challenge you to find nuggets of wisdom from Emily’s interview as she wrestled with what God was preparing for her.
A great place to start is to take Emily’s lead and find out what spiritual gifts and personality traits God has placed in you. And then to explore career paths that allow you to use these gifts.
You may find, like Emily, that the job you are giving your heart and soul to everyday is actually a mismatch of how God created you.
There is an excellent resource called the Spiritual Gifts Test that allows you to explore both your spiritual gifts and your personality traits.
Taking both survey’s is step one to exploring where God is leading you.
Using the results of the surveys is step two in helping you find the narrow path God is leaning you towards.
And step three? Well, it is all about turning it over to God and asking Him to use the results to show you where He wants to place you in the world.
Because, like your fingerprints, God has created you for a purpose and a calling that only you can fulfill.
Reread that that last sentence and let it sink in.
God didn’t create you just because. He created you to fill a role, and to bridge a gap. We are on Team God, and each of us must use this equipping to honor Him and to better our world.
You see, no matter how God created you, there is no role in life that is neither too big or small; it is all very important to God.
And so, friend, that little tug you feel in your spirit, well, that is God asking you to trust Him.
The question that begs to be asked, then, is whether you have the courage to step out in faith?
Are you willing to acknowledge that maybe God is leading you towards something different?
Will you trust Him to show you the way?
Can you be brave enough to step out in faith and surrender your future to Him?
Emily surrendered it over to God and she is forever grateful.
While I can’t say for certain that you too will feel as grateful as Emily, I’m pretty sure that anytime you release what is weighing on you, and put your faith in the One who created you, you too will find restoration for your soul.
Trust God – today. He’s waiting for you to be brave.