When you delve inside do you recognize innate gifts and strengths and a unique perspective on things? Others may not notice or care, but you know that it is there. A strength and intensity of desire and ability that you suspect is important.

As a teenager, I secretly desired to sing solos. In my family growing up with five brothers and two sisters, we were more of an army doing battle for the Lord as we traveled the country in ministry. There was plenty of group singing, but few solos. I felt too insignificant to pop my head up and ask for them—for any reason. Not until I married Eric did I seriously pursue my desire to sing. He played drums in a big band, The Bud Wilson Big Band had thirty two professional musicians. They didn’t have a vocalist. Did I dare? The audition was comical. The Bud had written music for his former singer who had a high voice. Here or there my alto voice had to jump an octave to finish the song. He gave me another chance and rewrote the music for my lower range. I sang there for a couple of years before the bandleader retired. The highlight of my short career was singing patriotic songs immediately after 9/11 at a military club; the roar and cheers were not for me but for our country. I had fulfilled that longing in my soul.

If you are quietly zealous about some motivation that will not go away, maybe it is an inborn gift so natural to you that you do not recognize it as special. It may be speaking, singing, painting, getting people together, diplomacy, caring for the poor, strengthening the outcast and downtrodden and sad, healing the mentally or physically sick. It just may be waiting to be polished.

Single or married, weaving your passions, responsibilities and strengths into healthy priorities benefits every person in your world: husband, children, parents, household, associates and friends. Everybody is far richer.

Who are you? What you are strongly drawn toward is likely a message from your Creator to you! Give it to the world. Your sense of purpose and joy will blossom along the way. You will grow toward becoming whole.

As a Christian there is gifting of the Holy Spirit when you are a “follower of the Way”; it is a promise from the Bible. A wonderful thought is emphasized first in the Old Testament and repeated in the New: “Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men [mankind]; yea, for the rebellious also, that the LORD God might dwell among them.” (Psalm 68:18) God is near to mankind in the gifts he gives. The New Testament repeats this message: “Wherefore he says, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men [mankind].” (Ephesians 4:8)

So, who are you? What is inside you? Be courageous; allow yourself to shine.

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