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Uncovering Your God-given Gifts

Uncovering Your God-given Gifts

Have you ever heard the saying “peel back the onion”? If you have ever cut an onion, you know they are designed with one layer on top of another on top of another. When you first cut the top off and try to peel back that brown outer covering, you can see the number of layers it takes to get to the very center of the onion.

Uncovering your God-given gifts is very similar. It is a process of taking off the outer covering to go a level deeper. But often you need to go at least one or two more layers down before you really understand what that gift is.

One of my clients easily identified that customer relations is an area that she thoroughly enjoys.  However, she has struggled to identify a specific job that she would really enjoy performing.  It’s because her current understanding of her gifts is too broad.  In order for her to move forward, she must narrow in more on her gifts. She must be able to peel the onion back and go a few layers deeper to gain clarity on what it is about customer relations she really enjoys most. That insight will become part of her compass as she evaluates various positions to determine what would be the best fit with her gifts.

If you are trying to identify what you want to be when you “grow up”, try looking a layer to two deeper at your God-given gifts.  Gaining more clarity and specificity on your gifts will give you the insights you need to yield a more successful answer to the roles you should be considering for your long-term satisfaction and fulfillment in your career.

 

Lesley provides individualized coaching to professional moms who are seeking greater satisfaction in their careers.  She helps working mothers uncover their God-given gifts, name their non-negotiable values, and align their career path with those gifts and values to have a greater impact on the world.  Access Lesley’s free self-assessment to determine how well you recognize and use your God-given gifts!

 

Mary's Yes and My Hesitation

Mary's Yes and My Hesitation

When I put my toddler to bed at night, I usually spend 5-10 minutes in prayer while he settles in for sleep before I leave his room. In my prayers tonight, I was reflecting on how Mary was asked to perform one of the greatest tasks known to man -- to be the Mother of God. Yet, when she was asked, she did not hesitate. There was no lack of confidence on her part. She had complete trust in God and knew that He would provide what she needed to perform the work He had called her to do. 

I firmly believe that we have each been given gifts and talents from God.  I also believe that we find ourselves not using those gifts in our day-to-day work as often as we could.  When I think back over my career, there have been times when I accepted the doldrums of my safe but boring work.  There have also been times when I accepted the false need for material goods that my job provided but I thought I could not get elsewhere.

As I think about my confidence level currently and how I am using the gifts God has given, I recognize that He has called me to expand my role in coaching, to increase my reach in sharing this gift.  When I think about it through that lens, how can I not trust that He will provide what is needed for this work?

As you reflect on your own confidence level think about how you are using the gifts you have been given for your work.  What causes you to hesitate in saying yes to your gifts? 

 

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