Use What You Have Been Given

Sisters…Each of us have been given special gifts that are uniquely ours courtesy of the Lord. Some have the gift to encourage and teach, others have the ability to use their hands to create masterpieces, yet others have the financial means to help people in need. What gifts have you been blessed with? Sometimes, we are aware of these special abilities and do absolutely nothing with them, until we are forced to use them. Unfortunately, it usually takes a crisis for us to really get resourceful. Our individualized gifts, talents, or resources coupled with divine intervention give us an advantage over the task at hand. Women have made a way out of no way at all to overcome severe challenges and soared to great heights by using what they had.

One biblical illustration shows how a woman used a little oil to overcome a huge problem. The widow discussed in 2 Kings 4:1-7 was in a desperate situation. She was forced to use what she had to keep her family together. In the story, the widow’s husband dies and she must use the only thing that she has, a little oil, to save her two sons from being taken as slaves to pay her dead husband’s creditor. As most women can image the loss of a child is one of the greatest sorrows that a mother can face. Instead of panicking and being overcome with anxiety, the widow used the only thing she had to save her boys. The widow sought guidance from a servant of the Lord and followed his instructions exactly. She humbled herself and sought assistance from others in order to survive. Then, she went to work. By bottling oil and selling it, she was able to pay her husband’s debt and live on what was left.

Oprah Winfrey is a perfect example of a woman who is using what she has to positively bless others. At the commencement address at Wellesley College in 1997, Oprah shared this with the graduating class, she said, “I think that my life, the fact that I was born where I was born, and the time that I was and that I have been able to do what I have done speaks to the possibility. Not that I am special, but that it could be done. Hold the highest, grandest vision for yourself.” In spite of the odds, Oprah used what she had to soar to great heights.

I, myself, took a leap of faith a few years ago and resigned from a good paying, seemingly safe, traditional sales job. While working in corporate sales, I realized that I was not fully utilizing my gift from the Lord to the best of my ability. It was a chore to get ready for work every morning. Despite how I felt about my job, I was a great employee. Annually, I exceeded my performance expectations, but I was totally dissatisfied. I wanted to use what I had in my own business, but I could not figure out how to get there. After seeing me struggle to get ready for work one morning, my husband became concerned about my lack of motivation to go to work. We talked about it, and then he made a way for me to leave that unfulfilling job and follow my vision. I thank the Lord for sending me an exceptional husband! After resigning from that job, I became a realtor. Real estate is my passion and I have used the talent I was blessed with to excel in that industry.

The Lord really does equip us with the essential things that we need in order to overcome obstacles in life. It is up to us to utilize those talents to the best of our abilities.