I have some good news for you this week and can’t wait to share this wonderful revelation. But before I do let me preface what has led up to it. Many women who work with me or have reached out to me have shared varied stories and situations all share a common denominator. They are living an unfulfilled or unsatisfied life. I’ve been there.
The amazing thing about life is this. God has given us a life manual for managing every aspect of living. You see, I believe we respect the Bible as simply a religious, holy book instead of what it actually is—a last will and testament guaranteeing a kingdom life of fulfillment, satisfaction and abundance!
So I’ll disclose what I shared with those women.
We were not born to be someone’s mother, sister, wife, girlfriend or a businesswoman. Yes, we are all of these, but there’s more. We were not indiscriminately placed in this earth to do as we please, when we please, how we please. Now before you get all peppery, sit tight and read on. I submit to you unequivocally that each and every one of us was born to lead. As a matter of fact, we were born to be a servant-leader. We’ve been wired for greatness. And we become great by serving our gifts to the world. It’s our earthly assignment.
This defies conventional thinking.
The Real Deal
Let me share with you some background. I am really excited about teaching this. Jesus said in Matthew 20:26, “…But whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you. Let him be your slave.” What Jesus is telling us is true greatness in God’s kingdom comes through sacrificial service. Therefore, the measure of our satisfaction and fulfillment is in how we serve. So what do we serve with? We serve with what God has given us and that’s our gifts!
We were born to serve our gifts to the world.
When we discover our gift, refine our gift, brand our gift and then serve our gift to the world, Jesus said we become great. Each one of us is carrying a divine treasure that the world needs. We are responsible for delivering it to the world.
You don’t have to live an unsatisfied or unfulfilled life. You don’t have to tolerate procrastination or, subordination, sustain limitations or suffer powerlessness. You have a treasure hidden in secret places of your heart. Sadly, many women have yet to discover their true giftedness. And oftentimes when she does, she may listen to the voices of others who want her to be like them, never succeeding, or she listens to her inner critic talking her out of continuing. I submit to you that your gifting is what you need to design an exceptional life. Your gifting is what will pull you out of any perishing predicament because when you discover it, you will become so convicted and focused that nothing will be able to stop you.
You were born to make a difference in this world. Stop focusing on your circumstances. Search, dig, resuscitate and rejuvenate your gifts. You have no time left to wallow in your misery or look back at your past. It’s time to write that book, sing that song, dance that dance, paint that painting, and study that course. Bring out that which is inside of you and live!
360 Interior Assessment: So the question is how and where do you begin? By asking yourself three simple yet profound questions:
- Who am I?
- What is my gift?
- How and whom can I serve?
When you discover who you are—not what you do or who others say you are—I guarantee you will experience freedom and peace. Confusion will leave you as clarity and confidence embraces you. My question then is, “How badly do you want to serve your gift to the world?”
360 Interior in Action: Serve your gifts to the world. Break the habit of thinking of reasons why you should continue believing the way that you do. Then adopt a forward-thinking mentality that stirs you up to:
- Identify and write you life’s values and principles
- Identify and write your goals and objectives clearly, realistically and timely
- Identify and write your true motivation
- Eliminate all distractions including people
- Commit wholeheartedly to your vision
In the final analysis, doing something you were not born to do just to simulate the likes of others will never be satisfying and fulfilling. The same holds true for sitting on your gifts. Your future is not ahead of you. Your future is inside of you. You have more than enough potential to design the life of your dreams by serving your gift to the world. The key is to let this be your focus, not what’s going on around you.
Your gift makes room for you and brings you before the great (Prov. 18:16).
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