Discover your God-given gifts and calling
You have a unique calling and God wants YOU to discover, develop and share your gifts with the world, everyday. But how?
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In theory, you know that God has uniquely created you, and has special plans for your life, right? In reality however, you may be feeling frustrated that you do not know what His purposes are for your life. You may not even be aware of the gifts He has placed in you yet. You have a special role in the world – it is time to Step Out and Take Your Place! But first…you have to figure out what that place is…
Trust me…I’ve been there. Hi, my name is Krista Dunk. I am a woman of God who has taken a journey to discover and understand God’s plan for my life. Much of it has involved discovering my God-given gifts and realizing how my interests, passions, personality and characteristics, past experiences, and natural abilities all work together to accomplish God’s purposes on the earth.
I recently finished my first book called “Step Out and Take Your Place – How to Discover and Live Your Everyday Calling.” (Order a book today) The journey I took is one I want to share with you. Recently, I spoke at a women’s ministry event where I told the ladies about something written on a board near my kitchen, which stayed there for several years. My pastor had said it one morning, and I wrote it down in big letters so I could read it often. It said:
God Has Dreams for His People
I knew it was true. However, I had no idea what His dreams were for me. I was searching for my calling.
At the time, I was working full time at an office job, which I jokingly call “cubicle jail,” and was also volunteering with the youth group at church on Sundays. In my spare time, I went from business idea to business idea trying to satisfy my entrepreneurial spirit. During that same time period, God told me in a dream to go back to school for sign language interpreting, but I wasn’t sure why. Next, I became a stay-home mom when my first child was born.
Really, inside, I just wanted to be doing God’s will for my life and be on the right path – doing what He designed me to do – nothing more, nothing less. At some point, being frustrated that I didn’t know God’s plan for me or understand the gift He had given me was no longer acceptable. A burning desire sprung up within me…
I have got to figure this thing out!!
My journey to discover God’s plan for my life included:
That last bullet point is meaningful to me. My dream is that all people can understand and be aware of the gifts God has given them, and then develop and use them effectively to make a difference in the lives of others around them. Did you know that…
Your Gift is Not for You
Nope – it’s not really about you. What you have to offer is for other people. Yes, it will benefit you in various ways too, including:
I admit, my desire to see YOU using your gifts, your amazing, wonderful, God-given gifts, is because when you don’t use them, I am deprived of them. In fact, I believe when believers do not understand their gifts and/or use them, the body of Christ as a whole is weakened. That is not okay with me, and I suspect you feel the same way.
God says we are each a vital part of His body, “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” (Romans 12:4-6). A body doesn’t function well or efficiently when part of it is missing, in pain or idle.
It’s time for strength. It’s time for clarity. It’s time for vision. It’s time for destiny. It’s time for collaboration.
You might be wondering how to discover your life’s purpose. Many of us ask the question, “What is my purpose?” Really, it’s God’s purposes and how we specifically fill a role within them. This is another one of the important things I have come to understand. He accomplishes His purposes – we play our part as we use the gifts He has given us. Everything, including the purpose of our individual lives, begins and ends with God!
There are two more things I would like you to know; 1. Your gifts are not just for Sunday morning! It’s true – Your whole life can and should involve your gifts (thus, the subtitle idea of “How to discover and live your everyday calling,”), and 2. your gifts are tied to God’s overall calling for your life.
Step Out and Take Your Place helps God’s people discover, develop and share their gifts with the world. What you have to offer is so valuable, and I don’t want you to remain frustrated about not knowing what your gifts are and/or not knowing how to use them in a powerful way. I will be sharing what I’ve learned so far in my journey of seeking God and my self-discovery process. The book combines practical and spiritual information for you to move forward with, including “The Gift Discovery Cycle™.”
Blessings to you,
Krista Dunk, gift assessment mentor, author, speaker, and Project Director at Creative Force Press
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11
“But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.” -Psalm 33:11
Listen to me talk on KBWomen Radio about my journey of discovering my gifts, renewing my mindset and about my book: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/cwa-radio/2010/10/11/kb-women-radio