Ever since I learned that we all have God given talents and gifts that we are called to use for God, there has been this lingering voice in my head that says: “But you are not great at anything, do you even have gifts or talents that can be used for God?”
Honestly, I feel like I’m a jack of many (not even “all”) trades and a master at none. No matter what I think I can do, whether it’s cooking, speaking, writing, encouraging, organizing, planning, teaching, leading, blogging, etc. there is always someone better, more talented, and more gifted than me. So, I begin to wonder, what is it about me that God made special? What are the talents and gifts that I should be using? The problem with this is that the loudest voice we hear is the one in our head, so we tend to believe what we hear ourselves say more than what God says.
Why in the world would I think I have to be the best at something to use it? And why would I believe that just because people have greater gifts than me that I have nothing special to use for God? With this mentality I will accomplish nothing for Christ. I need to embrace the fact that these lingering doubts are not coming from my loving Father. No matter how I feel about my capabilities, I must trust that the word of God is true. I need to replace the voice in my head with the voice of God which says that I am uniquely and wonderfully made, that I do have gifts and talents, and I am valuable to His work. You are too!
So, I have decided to take a step of faith and start using what gifts I have for Him (even though I am not the best). I am replacing my voice with His, I am trusting Him for the truth. I encourage you to do the same. Turn down the volume on our own voice and turn up the volume on God’s word.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10