If you think like I do, then it's time to change your perspective.
What does gifted mean? It means that you have talent in a certain area, or that something comes naturally to you. You don't have to work at it, much, it's just who you are. Now remember, sometimes people are uncomfortable with who you are, because it makes them feel a certain way inside. Now I'm not talking about "what you do" because that is something all together different, I'm talking about who you are. I am also not talking about "what you've chosen to become" I'm talking about who God created you to be.
I looked in the Bible at how and for what reasons the words gifted were used. It said things like: gifted with skill and understanding, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us. The world has somehow REDEFINED God's definition of 'gifted' and tied a money value on it. Today we think if we are not making loads of money or seeing 1000 likes on Facebook, then we are not valued. I pray that God heals that in you, as in me, if you feel that you are a number.
I've also noticed in life that God is more concerned at building our foundation before He can build us up. If our foundation is shaky, then building us up would only cause us to fall if we got to the top. Building a foundation means training you with gifts of God.
Found in 2 Peter 1 you will find:
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.
Now remember, to get these things, you pray on them, you ask the Holy Spirit to show you, guide you teach you. We often try to do these things on our own and when we feel like we've failed we give up.
WHERE EVER YOU ARE IN CHRIST NOW... KEEP GOING!
You were created for a time such as this. Your gifts, your talents, your career, your life can all bring people home to Christ. To make relationships whole, to heal the brokenhearted, to heal the sick. I'm an encourager, that's what I do best. I like to surround myself with people who encourage, but I have to be careful that I don't look at them as successful and see myself as failure. The trick is to keep your eyes on God and let him do what He needs to do through you.
Have an amazing day friends, you are loved!
Since you excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us—I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving.
2 Corinthians 8:7