“I was blessed with certain gifts and talents and God gave them to me to be the best person I can be and to have a positive impact on other people.” ~ Bryan Clay
Clay puts things in perspective in short order. He reminds us that our purpose is to use the gifts God has given to us so that we can be the best people possible in order to positively impact the lives of others. God made us to be in relationship with others. He wants us to help one another on our way to the Kingdom. He doesn’t want us to go it alone.
Too many people seem to forget that. They do everything they can to do it alone. They do not want to be beholding to others. Nor do they want others to “weigh them down.” It’s sad to think that we could perceive others as being a burden but that is often the case. We all have people from whom we tend to shy away because they demand extra time and/or energy. In those times, we forget that they are brother and sister to us in the Lord.
I often think of God looking at us and frowning because we push people away and keep people away. I think the frown is probably on His face more often than a smile for the people who treat one another with dignity, love, and respect. That’s another thing we forget, isn’t it? The Golden Rule? We forget to treat others as we wish to be treated.
If you have been blessed with particular skills, celebrate them. Develop them. Utilize them to the very best of your ability. At the same time, don’t lord them over others. Don’t make people feel inferior because they can’t do what you can do. Remind yourself that there are others who can do things you can’t do. Remember your “place” in this world and do your best to share your skills and talents with others.
If you do that, you might inspire someone to do the same. If others do that and inspire even more people to do so, imagine what a different kind of world this could be. It all starts with you.
FAITH ACTION: Be the best person you can be today so that you may have a positive impact on others.