Your Gift Is A Gift

It’s true. We’ve all been given something. Yes, even you.

I know what you’re thinking though…oh great, another lame post about following my dream.

Well, sorta. But mostly it’s about recognizing what has been given to you. Whether you decide to use it not, that’s (sort of) up to you.

Superman Holding Gift

Image By JD Hancock

When I was younger, I went through some medical problems and while I won’t dig into the details here, I learned something tremendously awesome from it.

1. The course we have planned for our lives could change at any moment.

2. The gift we get from these situations should never be wasted.

I’ll start with point one. I thought I was on the course to play sports in high school and college. You know, dreams of being a pro athlete…all that crazy stuff. And then came an unexpected heart condition that forced me to stop. But through that, a different plan was laid out before me.

This plan involved me helping others by telling what I had been through. It involved me getting into computers and learning the ins and out of web design and social media, something I use everyday. Now, I have to admit that I didn’t immediately take to it. In fact, I’m just now taking to it.

I’ll come back to this though.

The second part involved a teacher that was there for me when I went through a ton of medical issues my sophomore year in high school. She gave time like she had plenty of it or something. She would come to my house for hours to help tutor me so I could stay caught up while I was out of school for a few months.

Her gift of helping truly helped me through a very rough time. But yet again, I didn’t act it like I should have at that time.

So where does that put me today? Right here. Ready to help.

Through the years I’ve been heavily involved in technology. But I never thought of how I could use that to give to so many people that don’t understand it on a core level. Now that I’ve been involved in writing and blogging, I realize where I fit in to some degree. And it’s my responsiblity to share my knowledge, passions and dreams with the world, and you.

What you need to get out of this isn’t what my gift is. Or even that I want to help you. What you need to get from this is that you have a gift that been freely given and it’s your duty to use it.

True, it’s your choice…but really it’s not. In a world where everyone wants a choice, this should be one of those things that really isn’t. If you’re going to contribute to this world, instead of just taking, you need to use your gift. You don’t have to take my word for it, follow your heart. I’d venture to say that deep down, you know the right course of action to take.

Remember, your gift is a gift. Now use it.

Question: Is there a particular circumstance you can recall that taught you something about what you’re to be doing in life? Let us know in the comments!

This was a guest post by Jared Latigo. Jared is a dreamer who loves to help people understand how important they are to the rest of the world. His dream: to see people who work in jobs they love not at the exception, but as the norm. You can find out more about him on his blog, follow him on twitter or download his free manifesto on fulfilling your purpose.

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  • A few years ago, my wife dealt with some significant mental health challenges.  This illness dramatically changed our lives.  More than anything, it gave us a much deeper compassion and understanding for people and families dealing with similar challenges.  We’ve been able to relate to several families and individuals and to help them make next step decisions in their own healing process thanks to our experiences.

    • Sorry to hear about the struggles Jon. But I’m glad you are able to see how they’ve helped you to relate to others who are struggling with the same kind of situations.

      • We all face circumstances in our lives that don’t match up with our expectations for life.  And we all have a choice as to how to respond to these circumstances.  We can let them be a boat anchor, or we can use them for redemption and encouragement in our lives and in the lives of those around us.

    • I certainly know what it’s like to go through health problems. That’s where much of my passion for living your gift out comes from. Glad to see you’re moving forward and helping others! Thanks for reading!

  • DS

    When I speak, which I love to do, people would express a connection with a story/illustration, while others would discuss how hard it is for them to speak in front of people. 

    Having some one hear that they aren’t the only one who has struggled or endured a similar situation, and the relief on their face is priceless.  Knowing you helped connect the dots or helped them understand the resources available, that they’re really not alone – unforgettable. 

    Helping one another – nothing more enjoyable.

    • Ah yes, people always connect with illustrations and stories. 😀

    • Stories are great DS. For some reason our brains are designed to be moved by story.

      I’m with you. There’s nothing better than helping people heal and grow. Keep up the great work DS.

  • This is a good reminder, Joe.  It’s hard to keep posting without feeling repetitive or “lame,” but one of your gifts is to inspire others.  

    For me, when I started my blog about 18 months ago I decided to write my first book on it… LIVE. It was a great experiment, but it also taught me that I had the gift of writing a great story in a fictional format.

    • You hit the nail on the head Dan, it is very hard to keep posting without feeling lame. I heard something recently that changed that for me though. They said that even if you’re someone with 10 people to your blog everyday, that means it’s like 10 people coming an event you’re speaking at, everyday. 

      Pretty interesting to think about it that way. Thanks for stopping by!

      • Great point, Jared.  Also, I think we continue to become better writers.  Although it might “feel” lame, we find new and more concise ways of sharing.

    • Thanks Dan. Jared did a great job with this post.

      That’s a great experiment. You get the experience of writing, the chance to put it together in a book, and grow your platform. I’d say the experiment gives you the gift of wisdom.

      • Thanks, Joe.  Perhaps the experiment helped to increase wisdom, but I think wisdom is a slow process and if we learn from our actions over time it will develop.  I’m still learning.

  • Great post Jared. I learned so many lesson this past year about my gifts. Being in Kenya really opened my eyes to have many gifts and blessings I really have, I have no right to be ungrateful.

    • I bet that did help to put some things in perspective. I saw some of your pics…certainly very eye-opening for someone like me. Thanks for stopping by!

    • It’s amazing the other kind of gifts we can be given when we visit other countries and the lessons they teach us.

  • In High School I was a at a church conference when God spoke through a mentor to me. The conversation revealed that God wants me to preach and speak to audiences. Great post Jared!!! 

    • Thanks man! 😀 Love hearing stories of how other people have been impacted!

    • That’s great Dan. It’s awesome when we have someone speak into our lives and help reveal our gifts. I’m glad you’ve taken hold of that word and are chasing after it.

  • Thanks for letting me stop here on my tour Joe, take care!

    •  My pleasure Jared. Thanks for sharing your wisdom with my readers. Please let me know if there’s ever anything I can do for you.

      • Same here bud! Not sure that I really have any wisdom though 🙂 …that’s an interesting thought LOL

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