By Dawn Gotreaux
There is a phrase that motivational speakers use, “focus on what you are good at, not your weaknesses.” In other words, don’t spend too much time trying to master what you are not good at. As this advice is mainly used for business entrepreneurs and athletes, it is also good for the rest of us to use it!
If you know the Word, you know that God has given us gifts to operate in. The gift that God put in you is most likely not the same gifting that your friend, brother, sister or loved one has been given. The gifting that is in you is much easier to operate in than struggling to be who we aren’t made to be.
In this trivial, condescending, craziness right now, don’t get caught up in what he said, she said or what everyone else is doing. You cannot afford that distraction. Focus. God put His Spirit in you to operate in wisdom.
I think of the book of Esther often. God put her in a position. He gave her a voice. He told her how to use it. God has given us all a voice, for some it is compassion, for some it is service, for some it is a public example. Walk in your gifting.
Our giftings allow us to function as a whole when we are together, like a finger doing its job and the eyes doing their job. There are many parts of the body, each to do what they were designed to do. One person’s gifting may be to speak the hard truth while the other person’s gifting is to show compassion to the unbeliever. Don’t get caught up looking around comparing yourself. That will divide you and separate you, which is what the enemy wants.
We need to stand together, work together, and be in unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ. This world has many voices. We have only One to follow. Be wise, be diligent, and operate in your strengths and giftings. We have a world to influence!
Brian & Dawn have been married for 30 years and are parents to 10 amazing children, by adoption. Together they are a full time realtor team with Keller Williams.