The answer is in the Bible!
People (young and some older folks) say to me all the time: I don’t know what God’s plan is for me; I’m waiting on God to tell me what to do; I don’t know what I’m supposed to do; or I’m not good at anything.
Okay, so first of all, we really need to stop using God as an excuse for not making a decision, procrastinating and perhaps being afraid to fail. Here’s the thing, when you make a decision about what you want to do or make the decision to step out in faith, you’ll be “alright” because God already blessed whatever you’re going to do, as long as it’s in His will. He’s just waiting for you to do your part so He can do the rest.
Soo, this might be a shocker to you but God already told you what His plan is for you, and moreover, He equipped you to be successful. Ahhh yeah! You should know by now that God (Jesus’ Father) does not do things half way.
What is God’s plan for you? The answer is in the Bible! It’s all in there! That’s why it’s important to read your Bible (it should not be a dust collector) to know what’s in it. “Jesus replied, “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.”” Matthew 22:29 NLT
What is God’s plan for you?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
Jesus said, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10 NLT
I think we should all be clear about what God’s plan is for each and every one of us: God wants every human being to be successful, that’s His bottom line. Jesus came and died on the cross so we can live a rich and satisfying life on earth to be continued in heaven.
But… this is where free-will comes into play. Our decisions (good and bad) will determine if and when this happens. Therefore, we really need to take ownership and be accountable for our decisions/actions and stop putting it on God and even on the devil. I’m just saying…
How did God equip you to be successful?
“In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.” Romans 12:6-8 NLT
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17 NIV
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 NIV
So, the above verses pretty much cancel out the narrative about not being good at anything. God gave every human being a gift or two or more. We all are gifted in something, okay. God equipped each person to be successful. He sure did!
Whatever comes natural to you, whatever you do with ease, no effort or with very little effort and might even take for granted, is your God-given gift. And even if you don’t like your gift (that happens), it is still your God-given gift. I know people who don’t like their gift(s) and they try other things and when they don’t succeed, they become frustrated, disappointed, discouraged and depressed.
How to succeed in whatever you do?
“Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.” Proverbs 15:3 NIV
When you decide to use your God-Given Gifts
When you use your God-given gifts, these are already blessed so you will be successful. There are people who love their gifts and are passionate about them. When they use their gifts, it never feels like work and they totally enjoy it. The best part is that it comes naturally and as they develop and grow their gift(s), it is a natural progression.
But although it is natural, you still have to do your part so God can do the rest. This means honing your talent and developing your gift to its fullest potential. Then you will be successful and will surely reap all the benefits. Again, free will plays a big part in this, you decide how far you want to take your gift. I highly recommend to read “The Parable of the Talents,” Matthew 25: 14-30; it is worth your time.
I know there are circumstances out of our control that could arise and delay things, but when you commit whatever you are doing to God, He will get you right back on track. Because, “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:6 NLT
When you decide not to use your God-Given Gifts
On the other hand, when you decide not use your God-given gift(s) for whatever reason and do something else, this will require extra effort, commitment, dedication, discipline and time. It will not come easy. You might even struggle.
The good news is that when you commit whatever you are doing to God, He will help you succeed, even when it’s not a gift. God will bless whatever you decide to do as long as it is true, honorable, right… “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely and admirable…” Philippians 4:8 NLT
Using YOUR God-Given Gifts to the fullest
Let’s talk a little bit more about YOUR God-given gifts. As I said before, we all have things we do naturally, with ease, no effort or very little effort. That’s your God given gift! We are all good at some things, just not the same things.
Whenever someone needs that certain thing done, they call you because they know they can count on you because you are good with that. Or you call someone when you need help with something you are not good at. This is when we complement each other and help each other out.
Your natural talent…
From a young age with no training you demonstrated natural talent, knowledge, skills and abilities doing hair, make-up, cutting hair, fixing stuff around the house, playing sports, drawing, singing, playing musical instruments, planning, organizing, leading, teaching, talking, writing, cooking, baking, being funny, always cleaning, tidying and picking up behind others, solving problems, good with numbers, showing deep empathy, love, kindness to others, gently and genuinely caring and helping people, and the list goes on and on.
The platform that will propel you to success
Your God-given gift is the platform that will propel you into your destiny, future and success, if you decide to use it. God gave you these gifts but you have free-will. It is up to you to use your gift, hone your talent and develop your gift to the fullest, and bless others with it.
If you decide to, you can become the best hair stylist/barber and own your own salon/barber shop or own your own Handy Man business or restaurant or graphic design company, or be a school teacher, university professor, nurse, doctor, lawyer, engineer, social worker, politician, cook, server, refuse and recyclable materials collector, financial advisor, accountant, pastor, first responder (i.e., police, firefighter, paramedic, military), or write books, song writer, or provide cleaning services, administrative services, IT support services, or manage or own a daycare or seniors’ home … you name it. Be all you can be!
Read Juan’s Story. I hope this story will inspire, encourage and motivate young women and men, and even older folks. This is the story of a fascinating journey of a 7 years old boy who loved playing Nintendo video games and today at age 43, he is the Nintendo’s Latin America Regional IT Manager at JVLat. Juan decided to use his God-given gifts, honed his talent and developed his gifts to their fullest. The rest is history! And oh by the way, Juan is my nephew.
Whatever you do is important!
In this world everybody is important and what you do is important no matter what it is. We all have a role in this world. We all can’t be doing the same things because if we did, we’d be in big trouble. When the trash is not picked-up or there is a shortage of doctors or teachers go on strike, what happens? We all feel the effects, positive and negative.
We all contribute to the world, the country, our community and to the wellbeing of each other. Therefore, we all deserve to be treated with dignity and respect no matter what we do because we need each other. We sure do!
Whatever you do, do it with excellence!
No matter what you do , do it well. Do it with excellence! Don’t settle to be mediocre, doing things half-way and anyhow or just doing bare minimum. You will receive what you put into it. Give your best, do your best in whatever you do and be the best you. It will pay off. Most important, you will feel good about yourself because you know that you are giving your best and you’re the best at what you do.
Say & Believe this powerful message: “Greater is Jesus in Me!”
From Deb’s to yours…
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