I have numerous God-given gifts to offer the world and it is okay to name and celebrate them
I believe that every person on this planet has inherent spiritual gifts, abilities bestowed by divine forces that guide us and help us serve and live in the world. Often, our gifts are how God is revealed in our lives. While people have named my gifts throughout my life, it has taken me a long time to name them out loud, to celebrate my role in God’s design and plan. It’s one thing to own that I’m good at something, and another thing to own that my abilities are bigger than I am, that I am a steward of gifts that are meant to be used to make the world a better, more loving place. I have learned that there is power in the naming, that naming gifts explicitly is the first step in fully owning and living into those gifts. I have had to discover that there is nothing prideful, arrogant, or selfish about claiming our “why.” However, being explicit about what we were put on earth to do can be scary and can even feel like a burden. I also find that when we are courageous in talking about our gifts, it is humbling, grounding, and uplifting. I am supported by spiritual gifts of:
One of my greatest strengths is creating and facilitating transformational spaces in which people experience and get to know the miracle and infinite power of Love. Over and over, since very early in my life, this is the gift that continuously and relentlessly rises no matter the context, job, or role. When I was nine, two of my neighbors were in conflict and I set up a circle of “council rocks” where I helped mediate and bring them to common ground. When I was thirteen, my softball team was struggling, and I brought us together to listen to each other and uncover the root of our challenges. In college, I began running programs, facilitating workshops, and developing people to be their best selves. In every job I have held since then, despite hugely differing job titles, facilitation and community-building remain the common thread. To me, this is what distinguishes talents from gifts—with gifts, one is unable to not do what one is created to do. We unconsciously find ourselves in the same places and spaces even when we have moved or changed a thousand times.
When I get to live fully into my “why” and when I get to use the gifts I have been given to illuminate and spread Divine Love, it is intoxicating, and I regularly experience unspeakable joy in my work and my life. It is in the moments when I am able to be my most True self that I feel most truly alive, when I am most profoundly aware of who and why I am. It is also when I am most effective, when I am most successful at creating transformational community, encouraging and empowering people to be their own best and authentic selves, and designing systems that efficiently and effectively channel the power of Spirit to create lasting and uniting change. I am blessed to have worked for agencies that nurtured and valued these gifts, even without naming them. I am also blessed to have parents, mentors, friends, and a partner who regularly lift my gifts and help me reconcile them with the larger world. This makes it easier to name and celebrate my gifts.