IMG_7020It all started with this:

“Yes, there is probably someone else that can do that thing you do better than you.

IMG_7006“But chances are, they are not standing where you are. You are surrounded by people, right now, that would love to hear and see and share in that gift you have that you are hesitant to share.”

And when I heard Rachel Whaley Doll read those lines from her book, The Exquisite Ordinary ($12, CreateSpace), I knew.

I knew we needed to talk — all of us — about our gifts.

I was in my early 20s before I realized writing could be a way for me to share God’s love with others. I had grown up wondering what I could possibly offer, since I wasn’t a religious teacher or a choir member. Have you wondered, too?

Or, like Doll, have you known what your gifts were but worried about showing them to the rest of the world? Fretted over how they might measure up?

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“The gifts are growing restless. They do not desire to win awards, or compete or be held up to any standard. They are simply asking to be held in the light,” she writes, and then later she publishes a book. She paints a mural. She sings. She bravely shares her heart and then encourages us all to think about how we might bless others with our perfectly imperfect talents.

These ideas, these possibilities, really beg to be discussed, so let’s hear it. Let’s learn from each other. What unexpected gifts do you see in others? How has God worked through you and your talents?

Was there anything that held you back? And, if so, how did you overcome that?

Send me your thoughts and I’ll share them at www.SimplyFaithful.com and at www.HerRochester.com the weeks of June 17 and June 24. I’ll include as many comments as I can.

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