So as you all know, or may not know, the fabulous Emily Wilson came and spoke at the most recent Rise Up event. She spoke to us about recognizing our talents and finding our Calcutta, or our mission field, where can we use our talents to love our brothers and sisters?
This is something I personally struggle with…. alot. I have a hard time figuring out what my personal talents are because I get into this perpetual cycle of comparison.
“I sounded pretty good, but not as good as her.”
“Yeah I like my drawing, but its not as good as his.”
” I wish I could speak in front of people as easily as they do.”
It’s very easy to fall into this trap of thinking we are not good enough because we think someone else is better than us.
In a world that is constantly telling us we aren’t good enough, the challenge of finding and using your talents to change it seems monumental. Good news is, you have talents, I promise! As the sometimes cliche bible verse tells you, “you are fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalm 139)
The God of the universe created you to have a special mission, a special purpose in your life. A mission that I cannot fulfill, Sally down the street can’t fulfill, only you can. So that’s actually pretty cool.
Now I can’t give you some magical formula that’s going to make the clouds open up and you’ll recognize your gifts (if you find that please share I would appreciate it), but what I can give you is some consolation in the fact that you are not alone. Especially as a senior in high school, the question of “what am I even good at,” pops up in my mind all too often. Here are some questions that have helped me kind of decipher, at least as much as I need to know right now, where God is pulling my heart.
What excites me?
What makes me lose track of time?
What do I long to do?
Chances are theres at least one thing that you answered to all three of these. God can speak to us through our desires, and these desires can usually point us to our gifts and talents. You may have an unusual gift, like maybe you make really good cookies, like the best cookies ever and you LOVE making these cookies you could bake them for hours, and you really just want to open your own cookie bakery. Well, congratulations you have found a talent. Maybe you could make cookies for someone who is having a bad day, or for a poor blog writer who needs motivation to do her homework. There are numerous ways you can use that talent to make someone’s day just a little bit brighter and a little bit better. Congratulations, again, you have found your Calcutta:reaching out to your community to spread happiness and joy and love in the form of your delicious cookies.
Obviously that is a simple example of an answer to a very big question, but it really is just as easy as that. I guarantee you there is a gift you have that you are missing that could help change the world one person at a time.
This isn’t me saying I have this whole thing figured out, because I don’t, but my prayer for myself as well as everyone reading this blog (hi mom), that we all can recognize those special gifts and talents our loving Father has given us to give to others, after all like St. Catherine of Sienna said, if we are who we are created to be we will set the world on fire (with love of course.)