Today's devotion compliments the devotion "You Can't."
My husband knows he's not a writer.
He doesn't even like texting.
But when I managed and edited a devotional site, I learned not everyone understands their gifts like my husband does his. Some folks "set their minds" on writing, "believe in themselves," and still aren't writers.
And in the process, they lose opportunities to use their real gifts.
We can waste our gifts pursuing "the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life" (1 John 2:15-17).
But we can also waste our gifts by failing to understand:
1. Feedback--What do friends and family think we do well?
2. Failures--What stresses us? What do we do badly?
3. Opportunities--How has God developed and used our skills over time? (Hindsight.)
4. Desires--What brings us joy and purpose? This one is last because it's often misleading. ("Faith vs. Feeling.")
Bottom line: we can do all things through Christ! (Philippians 4:13).
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