The Pressure of Being Gifted

Have you ever felt pressured? Ever felt like one wrong move could shift the balance of your entire life and even the lives of those around you?

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It sounds pretty melodramatic, I admit, but the fact of the matter is many of us feel this way. And though sometimes this might not actually be the case, that you making a mistake won’t actually cause the sky to fall, in the moment and with the dynamic of each of our individual lives it really does feel this way.

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I’ve found this to be so especially for those people who are considered “gifted” or “anointed”.

If you go to a church I know for a fact that you’ve probably heard one of these terms – it might have even been directed at you.

Lots of people feel special when someone tells them their one of these things, and I mean who wouldn’t? I know I do. But the older I get the more I realize that being gifted is a lot of pressure.

I think too often we look at others and are so entralled by what they have, and what they seem to be doing, and how big their ministry seems to be growing and we end up wanting what they have for ourselves. We have a desire to be gifted. And that really isn’t a bad thing at all. It’s good to want to be used for God and to work for the kingdom.

But what I’ve learnt is that if God hasn’t given you the GRACE to walk in a specific calling or operate in a specific gift – then don’t. Your life and christian walk will be so much better because of it.

The bible tells us that our gifts will open doors for us and I honestly believe that. I believe that if you seek after God with everything in you, recognise your gifting and intentionally operate in it/them, then like the servant whose master gave him 5 talents, you can also make 10 more.

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Some of us are called to be ministers of the word, some worshippers, some counsellors, some church cleaners, some Sunday school teachers, and some (like the disciples) are called to follow. And follow so well that people see the light of God shining through us from the changes in our lives. To impact persons not only in the pew but on the job, on the bus to work, in the classroom and on the street.

Don’t look at the glimmering of someone else calling/gifting from the outside and decide that you want that for your life if God hasn’t spoken that over you. And most likely, if the main reason you want it is because someone else has it then that’s a sign that the intentions might not be pure.

My parents always used to tell me “don’t be envious of what others have, because you don’t know what they did to get it.” The same principles apply here. We get to see the highlight reels of people’s lives on social media and other platforms, but when the lights on the stage are off, when there is no one seated in the stadium, when the mics are off and these persons that you want to emulate so badly are alone you don’t know the burdens they carry, the sleepless nights, and the time they spend on their knees crying out to God.

What nobody tells you , what you don’t see just from looking at the pastors on the big stages, the famous worship leaders and gospel artistes, what is not written in the “fine print” of the instagram posts or youtube videos is that:

“Gifts are often accompanied by discomfort so that the gifted does not rest in the gift and neglect the giver.” – Pastor Keion Henderson

So strive to be all you can be for God and for the benefit of the Kingdom. The world needs you and if you’re trying to be anybody else than yourself, you leave the world empty of your spot.

Live Positively Chronicles. Love you guys ❤ ❤ ❤

 

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