Every so often, I come across a Facebook meme that actually sticks with me. This one, quoting Pablo Picasso, happened across my feed Saturday night. I can’t think of a more appropriate descriptor for this blog. If I thought wishing would make a hill-o-beans difference, my one wish would be to know – I mean know – my gift, and that I could spend my days giving it away.
As Laura and I emphasize to our marketing clients over and over again – Hope is not a strategy. Wishing doesn’t make it so.
Since that fateful day last July I’ve been trying to find MY gift – that one thing I have to offer than no one else does. For months, I convinced myself that making each and every step count required commitment to a single path.
It’s been a search so far in vain. (It’s for darned sure not dancing.) It’s been a yearlong exercise in frustration. (Not the dancing – that’s a brand-new frustration.)
Honestly, I’ve been thinking about calling off the search altogether.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not giving up. No, I think I’m just giving in.
I’m giving in to something I started to suspect weeks ago but has taken this long to process. I’m giving in to the idea that while my goal is a lofty one, my premise is flawed. I’m giving in to the simple truth that I’m not so special. I don’t have a unique calling. No spiritual insight.
No “one thing.”
What I do have is faith. What little I do know about gifts – and about sharing them – comes directly from the Bible. Romans 12 to be exact:
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Hate evil. Be devoted to one another. Honor one another.
Wow. In so many ways, wow.
(Nowhere, you’ll notice, does it mention dancing.)