Sunday, May 15, 2011
I am especially good at…
I’m not sure that I’m “especially” good at anything. I know that you all are—each one of you has unique strengths and gifts that no one else in this world possesses.
Now don’t get proud. It doesn’t make you “the best.” It doesn’t mean you don’t have to work hard to accomplish other things. It doesn’t mean you can look down upon those who struggle to do what comes naturally to you. It just means that you have a combination of gifts that no one else has. It’s like having the secret recipe with all the flavors in Dr. Pepper. No one else has it. You are, each one, unique.
I think that’s what I’m especially good at—seeing the strengths of others, seeing their gifts, seeing their potential. I figure that God has given me this gift so I can encourage and edify others, but I confess—I’m not very good at that!
Yet. I’m not very good at that yet. It’s important to recognize our strengths not merely as a special talent we’ve been given, but as a challenge to grow and do something with it. Great skills are worthy of great challenges.
As you learn about your gifts, your strengths, your talents, it is my deepest prayer that you will never be satisfied with what comes easily to you. May you struggle against your own self, against society, and against the small boxes that tell you what your gifts must look like. May I struggle, also!
And if, for some reason, you are unsure of your strengths and talents, I hope you’ll ask someone—your mom, your dad, your aunts and uncles, your grandparents, your teachers, your friends, God. Find out those things you are good at, and learn how to become better at them!
That’s what I’m doing! Or…trying to!
All my love,