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I recently spoke at an event where I shared about my life story and why I wrote the book The Fire Within – Connect Your Gifts with Your Calling. As I shared about all the major life events that I have either survived or gone through, I emphasized the theme in my story—thankfulness. When you live through natural disasters such as an earthquake and a hurricane, you realize how vulnerable you are as a human against the forces of nature. Then when you live through a civil war, a disaster caused by evil intentioned humans, you also realize how vulnerable you are as a country and that you can lose it all—your home, your job, your life as you knew it, including your country, up to losing your own life.

Every time I lived through another major event I developed a deeper attitude of gratitude. I was thankful to simply come out alive. I became aware of how easily I could lose a loved one. Therefore, continuing to have them in my life gave me an immense sense of gratitude toward God. All the material possessions that my parents had worked hard for and lost after the revolution were gone but were replaceable. After living in my aunt’s garage for two months as refugees in Dominican Republic I walk around my house and thank God that I have a beautiful house and a home. Now I am thankful for every single material thing I possess and live with the awareness that I can lose it all. Every thing and every person in my life is a blessing from God and I’m thankful for it.

But despite the fact that we can lose our material possessions any time, there are other things that God gives to each of us that no one can take away—our gifts and talents. There are many gifts that God gives His people listed below:

Ephesians 4:11-13 (NLT)

He is the one who gave these gifts to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ, until we come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature and full grown in the Lord, measuring up to the full stature of Christ.

Romans 12:4-8 (NLT)

Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of his one body, and each of us has different work to do. And since we are all one body in Christ, we belong to each other, and each of us needs all the others.

God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift of showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

I wrote The Fire Within – Connect Your Gifts with Your Calling to help you discover your own gifts and connect them with your unique purpose, your calling in life.

I will leave you with some questions to ponder on:

  1. How do you demonstrate your thankfulness for everything you have in your life—including your gifts and talents?
  2. Do you know what your gifts and talents are? I challenge you to discover your gifts.
  3. How are you using your gifts to help others the way God intended?

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