Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Great Gift Return

It began on Christmas Day: People heading to the stores to return gifts. Barely out of the gift wrap and into receivers hands, newly acquired gifts became commodities to exchange, pooled for greater value, or to simply to cash-in.

We've all done it: The sweater we received from our Mother-in-law, the duplicate console game, the unwanted book we'll never read.

The bottom line: We don't like it, we don't want it, or we'd rather have something else.

And that leads me to the subject of this Blog post: The Great Gift Return.

Just like Christmas or Birthday gifts, we sometimes treat our talent/personality gifts in the same way. We don't like them, we don't want them, or we'd rather have something else.

"I wish I could sing like her." "It would be great if I could write a book." "Why can't I be more creative?"

Could it be that we secretly want to dance with the stars, that we picture ourselves on the stage instead of Taylor Swift, that being the Ultimate Fighter is our ultimate fantasy?

May I offer this:
  • Be secure in how you were created. The Great Creator made no mistakes when He equipped you the way He did. Find what you can do and do it well!
  • Do all that you can to cultivate, improve on, and leverage your giftings. Raw talent is a good start, but one must invest in themselves over one's lifetime.
  • Learn new skills in addition to improving those that you have. There may be some latent creative seeds ready to bloom inside of you.
Disappointment over what we didn't get is a reality in Christmas gift receiving, and in talent/personality gift receiving. You can either accept what you have been given and make the best of it (not resignation but capitalization), or you can attempt a return. Good luck with that.

Question: When have you wished you could do something like someone else? Share your thoughts below in comments.
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