Everybody on earth has something special that is God-given inside of them…something so special that it has the ability to greatly help and positively change the lives of others.
Each person has a unique life purpose, talent, gift, and/or specific character qualities.
Growing up, it took me awhile to find mine. In fact, I think many people struggle to find theirs because of seven things:
- They compare themselves to others
- They fail to truly find out who they are — and what they are good at —on purpose
- They fear rejection and/or judgment
- They haven’t asked God to reveal their purpose or gifts to them
- They haven’t had people in their life who have offered encouragement or guidance
- They’re not willing to persevere or go through hardship to learn something new
- They prematurely quit
- Sometimes, a unique talent, gift, or life purpose passes to the next generation (as it did with King David and his son Solomon)
Talent-wise, I always felt inferior to my siblings as I was growing up.
All of my siblings were incredibly talented musicians. My brother was always first chair in band and played trumpet solos frequently. My sisters excelled at piano…both were concert level pianists at an early age. My oldest sister was so good that she had to start going to a college university in the fourth grade to be further taught since no local teachers had the ability to teach her anymore.
And then there was me.
No musical talent whatsoever.
It wasn’t so bad the first several years of life. It became embarrassing from the age of 12 up.
We frequently had guests in our home, and people would want to hear all of us play the big grand piano that graced our living room.
My mom would play beautifully…My oldest sister would dazzle them with difficult to play classical favorites…My brother’s specialty was playing VanHalen’s “Jump” and a few other pop songs…And my other sister would impress people with classical tunes, well-known songs from movies and musicals — such as Les Miserables or Phantom of the Opera, and beloved hymns. And like I already said, then there was Kim…and my usuals were “I Dropped My Dolly In The Dirt” or “Chopsticks.” Pretty cute to play those as a young child…and I was pretty proud of these two songs…until I saw the disappointed faces that seemed to question, “what happened to this musical dunce of the family?” You know, the one who couldn’t play piano worth a hoot?
I wasn’t good at piano or other melodious instruments, so I decided I was going to play the snare drum in band. The only problem was, no matter how good I got at it, nobody…and I mean absolutely nobody (well, other than my mom)…wanted to hear someone playing a snare drum after hearing beautiful piano music. It was pretty noisy.
I’m grateful I had parents and siblings who didn’t make me feel inferior. In fact, my mom always encouraged us in many activities and interests…music lessons, ballet/dance lessons, sports, voice lessons, swim lessons, etc.
I finally found my niche in other non-musical areas…cooking/baking, soccer, writing, and tae kwon do. I also spent an entire Summer learning how to play Für Elise so when people came over, I would no longer be the musical loser of the family.
It was very difficult to learn how to play Für Elise…especially since it was a higher level song…but I wanted to prove to myself that I could learn at least one great piano song and play it by memory.
Even though I learned to play Für Elise, piano just wasn’t my “thing” while growing up — it didn’t bring me joy — so I decided I would find out what was.
Finding what I was gifted or talented at only happened once I stopped comparing myself to my siblings or others. I had to take the time to truly find out who I was and purposely find out what I enjoyed and was personally good at. I had to get over my perceived feelings of rejection or judgment (who’s to say anyone judged me at all…it totally could have all been in my mind due to me not being comfortable with myself).
It took awhile but I found — to my surprise — several things I was good at.
Sure, I would absolutely love to have the twinkle fingers of my siblings that can glide like silk on keys of ivory, but had I been good at piano, I most likely would never have discovered my own individual personal talents or life purpose.
As you find your life purpose, gifts and talents, particularly if you found them early in life, realize they can evolve. What you may have loved or hated as a child or teenager may bring you either joy or dissatisfaction later on. As an adult, I decided to take piano lessons again from my sister, but I didn’t become frustrated. I can now play a few songs and read music but it still isn’t a main or primary talent. Likewise, soccer isn’t a talent I kept up with.
All of this to say:
- What is your specific talent, gift, or life purpose? Have you discovered them yet? What character qualities are unique to you?
- Are you stuck in the dead end hamster wheel of comparing yourself to others?
- Have you truly taken the time to find out who you are — and what you personally are good at…on purpose?
- Have you taken the proper steps to stop fearing rejection and/or judgment?
- Have you asked God to reveal your unique purpose, talents, or gifts to you?
- Have you sought out people in your life who can offer encouragement and guidance to you? Or accountability?
- Have you made the declaration that you are willing to persevere – and go through hardship if necessary – to learn what your life purpose is and to learn new talents, gifts, and brand new things?
- Have you created a plan so you won’t be tempted to prematurely quit when life gets tough?
I encourage everyone to genuinely think about these questions and to ask God to reveal to you what your life purpose is. Everybody has one! Everybody has the treasure of talents, personal character, gifts, and purpose inside of them! Ask God to reveal what your gifts, purpose and talents are. They’re not going to be exactly what somebody else’s are, so don’t waste time comparing yourself — or your life — to others. There is great treasure inside of you…inside your heart, mind, body, spirit, and purpose. God wants to use these magnificent qualities for His glory and your ultimate good!
Seek to find out what they are — and the purpose behind them!
It could be one thing or multiple things. It may even be just a specific character quality that you are especially good at. Many people will have multiple things, but don’t be discouraged if it is just one thing — financial guru Dave Ramsey has helped a multitude of people with just one specific gift. Whatever gift(s) you have, it was specifically created just for you to make a difference in your family’s lives, in others lives, and to bless and help others.
Enjoy the amazing process and adventure of finding all that God has in store for you! Finding these treasures God has specifically for you truly makes life abundant and fulfilling!
Gratitude & blessings,
©2016 by Kim Niles. All rights reserved.
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