Time to Share Our Gifts!

Each of us is born with gifts and talents that are, seen from a spiritual perspective, ways that God has chosen to manifest Himself in a material world. Regardless of how much we admire people we see as extremely talented, we all have gifts we work with our whole lives. Some of these blessings we find use for every day while others are only useful in specific circumstances. Many times, though, we overlook opportunities to share our unique gifts with others. It may be fear of criticism that holds us back or the paralyzing weight of uncertainty. Ultimately, we doubt that our innate talents and practiced skills can truly add value to others’ lives. But it is the world as a whole that benefits when we willingly share our gifts. Whether we have been blessed with the ability to awaken beautiful emotions in others through art or industry, or our aptitudes transmit more practical advantages, our gifts are a part of who we are. As we make use of those gifts as best we can, we can also trust Jesus who tells us again and again that the smallest kindness is in fact extended to him, and the Reign of God is brought closer to full revelation.

In traditional 12 step programs, like AA, people are taught that they are powerless over their addictions, but this is profoundly false teaching. We ARE powerful, and when we choose to work in concert with the Christ Consciousness within, there is no bad habit, no behavior, no addiction or limitation we cannot overcome. That personal power is defined in part by our gifts, so when we use our talents, we demonstrate to the world that we not only understand ourselves, but we also understand our calling to renew and replenish the world we’ve been born into.

Our earthly existence provides us with ample opportunity to explore our purpose, to utilize our skills in a life-affirming way, and to positively touch the lives of others while doing so. Although we may feel that our gifts are not as valuable or worthy of attention as those of others, the truth is that every God-given gift has a purpose and needs to be made manifest.  In other words, we have the power to scratch someone else exactly where they are itching. Just as our existence is made richer by the love, support, friendship, aid, and compassion of others, so, too, can we add richness to their lives. Our natural ability to soothe hurt, inspire compassion, bake, dance, knit, organize, or think outside the box can be a boon to someone in need.

As we gratefully embrace our gifts and allow their light to shine, we will discover that more and more opportunities to make use of them arise. This is because our gifts are a channel through which God’s amazing grace operates. By simply doing what we are good at and what we love doing, we will make inroads for the Kingdom. Any recognition we might receive or our efforts will surely pale in comparison with the deep peace we will find as we fulfill our innate divine potential.

Blessings,

Fr. Michel

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About frmichelrcc

I have a degree in religious studies from the University of Wisconsin, did graduate work in theology at St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin, and also at St. Paul's University in Ottawa. I have been a Benedictine since I first professed as an oblate in 1982, making final profession in 2009. I have worked as vocations director in a large diocese in the mid-west and am a spiritual director in the Benedictine tradition. I have 3 sons, one of whom is now in God's loving embrace in eternity, and 2 grandsons, Bradley and Jacob.
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