A few years ago when I was entering my ” pre-mid life crisis, I took some time to review my entire time in the workforce. Every job I’ve ever done and how long I was at each. I also looked back at which I loved and which I hated.
To my surprise, what I thought would be a long and tedious task, turned out to be like an instant revelation from heaven. It was as if I got to peek down into my life forward to backward and backward to forward. I got a view from above about something that to this day I have shared with many people feeling burned out, bored, and just plain over their current situation.
The answer to why some people love what they do and some hate it is this:
When you are using your gifts you will always enjoy what you are doing. However if we step outside of your gifts, work is just a mundane, boring and hideous task where we spend more time looking at the time clock to go home than we do work .
Gifts are much different than skill sets in this sense. Any of us can sign up for college and and get a certificate or degree in something that we now possess the skill to do well. We may even be considered experts and get awards for work.
Yet we still may go home a few months later and experience the same burnout we did at our last career.
The reason is simple. Although we have been taught a new skill, this has no connection with our satisfaction.
Satisfaction and peace come only from using your God given gifts. There is no shame in learning extra skills fur our toolbox. But never mistake skills fur gifts
Think about it this way. Have you ever been to an event , get together, church service or something like these where the announcer says it’s time to hear a song from so and so- let’s put our hands together for the one and only ” so and so ” who will now sing ” Let Love Reign” ..
You listen to the person start belting out their tune and within a minute you are embarrassed for them. It’s soo very bad that all you can picture is two cows caught in barbed wire moaning for help. ” What is she thinking” we say to our wife or husband.
There are people that want to be something they were not gifted to do. It’s obvious they have no talent in that area. Yet they press on when everyone knows she has been told to slow her roll in the singing, but ignores it. Eventually they crash and burn.
Our gifts are evident by the fruit it produces. Gifts do not brag, or build themselves up. Gifts are those things that you do regularly and realize that all your life you have gotten high praise for it but it didn’t matter because they were not in it for the accolades, but because it is a PASSION!
We all have gifts . I know mine and believe me, I know from the school of hard knocks where my gifts do NOT exist. When you start to operate outside if your gifts in a job or at church or wherever, there is an uncomfortable feeling of frustration, and your career turns into nothing more than a 9-5 punch the clock, can’t wait to get out of here deal.
Now don’t get me wrong, at some point in our lives we have all had to take jobs that were just not within our gifts to get through college or to make ends meet or maybe we were in a situation that we called for that because we couldn’t get the job using our gifts at this time. But that’s not a permanent situation.
Skills can be learned- gifts cannot. Your focus should be to identify what your gifts are. Your spiritual gifts, your God given gifts and pursue that.
Look back and think about all the times that people have complimented you on something that you do well or something that stands out in the crowd that you may have never even thought about. If you’re not sure there are many online Christian spiritual gifts tests that you can take to help you identify where your gifts are. If you’re a violin maker make the best violins around if you change tires do it the best and the fastest way you can do it. If you happen to be the greatest plumber around , be proud! Not many could do that!
If you are a corporate executive be the best CEO you can. Whatever you do stay within your gifting and only use skills for money if it’s absolutely necessary because you can’t make ends meet with your gifts. There’s nothing wrong with that but make sure your priority is to use your gifts so that your motivation stays in place.
That’s my 2 cents for today..
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