We All Have Gifts
(Otherwise known as a "You're Special" post!)
Do you know that you are especially gifted with certain skills, personality traits, talents, and attitudes? Did you know that you are special? kind of a superhero all your own? (sorry, along with "Lost" I've also gotten hooked on that new tv show "Heroes")
On Wednesday night, McKenna led a devotion at church (in front of all the adults, which I thought was just a huge thing for a 14-year-old to do!) and it was awesome! It was all about the spiritual gifts we've been given!
She read some Bible verses, then gave the definition of a spiritual gift. It is basically a gift given to all Christians to be used within the church. ALL Christians have at least one of these gifts, and all of them are equally important. She had us take a little quiz to help us determine what our spiritual gift/s are.
The gifts given are--
My quiz answers pretty much reinforced what I already knew about my gifts. I had taken similar quizzes and I have also learned over the years what I'm good at--and what I'm definitely NOT good at (from a lot of Trial and Error). My two main spiritual gifts are Teaching and Encouragement, with Serving, Leadership, and Evangelism behind them.
I definitely think those are on-target. I have always been an encouraging person and I like to lift people up; it bothers me when people are discouraged, so I enjoy empowering them. I also am very much at-ease speaking in front of people; I do a lot of public speaking and teach an adult Sunday School class. I also do talking at events like writing conferences and have taught some adult education over the years.
The rest of us had fun talking about our gifts. Gary definitely has the gift of administration, as does McKenna. They both can crack the whip and get people motivated and working toward a goal; McKenna can put together a plan and organize a calendar like nobody I've ever seen (and she's only 14, let me remind you); and Gary can get a team together and make some organizational spreadsheets like nobody's business. (I, on the other hand, have almost zero organizational skills and am a Big Time procrastinator!). Delaney found that she has Encouragement as one of her gifts, as well as serving and mercy. Those sound just right for her, since she is my very empathetic and caring child.
If you are a Christian, what spiritual gifts do you think God has given you?
Outside of the Christian context, we know that a lot of these gifts work in businesses and families and relationships.
And we know that there are so many other natural talents that people have. I see talented people all over the place . . .
A friend who can sing like an angel.
A friend who is so creative with her scrapbooking.
A friend who can make people laugh so easily.
A friend who always know the right things to say when a person is upset.
A relative who can bake the best desserts.
A relative who knows how to listen, instead of always talk.
And the list could go on and on and on . . . because we ALL are gifted and talented and we all have our place in the world.
I used to be upset when I'd compare myself to others, wishing that I had their talents and abilities. But I realized (as I got older, of course!) that MY gifts may be what someone else wants and that all of our gifts are perfect for who we are.
So, today . . . realize that you are special . . .
Try and figure out what you're good at . . .
Don't brush off those compliments that other people give you (you know the ones? the "You're so good at ______" or "You are such a good _____") . . .
And believe that you DO have some special special-ness (I don't think that's a word, but I'm making it one right now!).
Then . . Do something with what you're good at. Use it in a way that makes YOU happy. And use it in a way that can reach out to someone else!
Now . . .
Speaking of gifts (and we were!) . . . can you believe that Christmas is like 8 weeks away?? I actually saw a house today with a Christmas tree in its window. Are they insane? It's two days after Halloween (okay . . . if you're one of those who puts up their decorations that early, fess up!) and Thanksgiving isn't here yet. I just have a thing about wanting to wait until the day after Thanksgiving--I guess because I hate to rush through Thanksgiving, which is the best "uncommercialized" of our holidays.
I also bought three Christmas gifts today, which was very exciting! I found something for Mom that I think she will LOVE and it was so reasonably priced. Yay! (And--WARNING Gary!!--I found several things I really like, so I may be sending you some gift ideas soon! LOL)
I also got a chance to do a Christmas-themed scrapbook page for a little fun competition Adrienne and Toya are hosting on their blogs. They're giving away a RAK to the person who wins their contest. The challenge was to create a page based on your Christmas memories. It was really fun to think about Christmas a little bit early and to dig back into my childhood memories for this. Here is what I created:
(The color is really kinda bizarro on this scan here, although it partly could be because of the funky 1970s colors happening in those photos!)
The journaling, which is hidden under little blocks of paper under the photos, says: "Some of my most special Christmas memories as a child are: taveling to Texas to see my grandparents . . . singing carols as we traveled on Christmas Eve . . . making homemade ornaments with Mom (the sequined Santa and Mrs. Claus) . . . the possibility of snow . . . Christmas lunch . . . getting 12 little presents every morning before Christmas Day . . . getting books from Aunt Gina . . . eating Grandma's divinity . . . trying to stay awake for Santa . . . waiting anxiously for the grown-ups to finish dinner . . . my excitement over any gift (just look at that photo!) . . . reading the Christma story before gifts . . ."
Thanks, gals, for that challenge. It was really fun doing it!
And now I'm kinda in a Christmas mood . . .
(Off now to get ready for a big weekend. Why do they all sound the same these days? high school football game, softball tournament, Bama football game . . . I may have a chance to fit in a margarita night somewhere in there too. That would be nice!)
Have an absolutely fantabulous (hey--another new word I think I just created!) weekend!! And remember my mantra for the day--"You are special!" (Okay, please no one come over here with a stick and beat me up. I really am sorry for my Sugar Sweetness today. Just all about the encouragement right now!)
Enough rambling . . See ya!!!!