“Each of us brings different gifts along on our journey… We don’t, however, always know how to use them. Some people seem to know how to put their talents to good use. Many of us botch them until we get help from God, who gave them to us.
“Each of our talents has a purpose. We weren’t given them by accident… But we don’t live up to our potential without God’s direction.”
I put my talents in God’s hands so that I can live at full capacity.
– “In God’s Care*: Daily Meditations on Spirituality in Recovery,” March 17
*As We Understand God
I am clear that we each have talents and gifts unique to just us. I discovered more of mine when I got into Twelve Step program and got to practice Step 12, “Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to compulsive overeaters and to practice these principles in all our affairs.”
This step is about being of service, volunteering, and sharing your time, gifts, and talents. When called to give of myself to keep the organization operating, to strengthen my recovery, as well as to show my gratitude, I was pushed to learn new skills, try out new things, and see what dwelled deeper within me. My creativity was revealed, as was my strong administrative skills, and my knack for bringing people together through producing and facilitating events.
Like John Denver sings in Heart to Heart, “I haven’t quite been around the world, but I’ve been around the block…” I have gone through quite a number of revolutions around the sun. Yet still, with my eclectic educational background, career adventures, and life experience, I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up!
Here I am in my sixth decade of life, and I’m still trying to figure out what it is that I was destined to contribute uniquely to the world, to realize my potential. Like all things in life, it is always best to consult Spirit for guidance and direction. I get distracted by everyday life, and before you know it, the years have gone by.
It’s time again for me to ask God’s direction specifically as to what I am meant to do, to be. What path am I to follow so that I make use of my talents and fully live up to my potential.
I am excited. I am eager. I am grateful.