I’ve always written myself off. So in hearing that I have gifts, that we all have gifts, I immediately retract and exclude myself. Sometimes I just miss how someone as broken as me could be gifted at something, that there’s no way gifts, grace or influence were given to me, as if somehow they’d be wasted if they were given to me. This is a bad habit that robs us of the truth.

But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: “When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people.”
— Ephesians 4:7–8

I don’t know your gifts. I don’t know your grace. But I do know that you’ve been called. I know how easy it is to exclude yourself and write yourself off, thinking that God only uses some people mightily, and that a calling to be used by the creator of the universe is only for the talented or the gifted or the sociable or the funny or the attractive or the smart. I can’t express to you how untrue that is. You’re gifted. There are gifts and grace that you are meant to steward, influence in your home or your workplace that only you have. Find your gifts. Submit to your calling.

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