Take A Gift

Take a Gift A mentor and friend posted something on Facebook that punched me in the gut. Hard. She said:

Some of you behind-the-scenes types love getting stuff done and helping. You don’t dig the limelight, however if you have a vision that burns in your heart to get out there, you are going to HAVE to deal with the glare of the spotlight. You have to lead the way, be seen and be heard. You have to raise your profile.

If anyone knows me, they know I am a behind-the-scenes type of girl. I don’t need a lot of shine. I can be effective and just as happy as a lark in a dark room on my computer working hard. Don’t bother me. Close my door behind you when you leave, please and thank you! Blame it on my mom for not having other children to bother me and shock me out of my need to be alone. Yep. I’m an introvert. Most wouldn’t know (or believe) it because I can flex and flow in public spaces with a relative amount of ease. But my jam? Alone time! (Epiphany: maybe that’s partly to blame for why I’m still single, but that’s another post for another day…)

Lately, I’ve felt like God is gently nudging me out of this comfortable space. I’m open to it (in my mind). At the onset of 2017, I set my word for the year as GO. Meaning, I would go to uncharted places and do things I had been holding myself back from doing. Surgery was a minor setback, but I still feel the urge in my spirit to GO. LAUNCH. MOVE FORWARD. ON BELAY! And right in the midst of this urge to move ahead, I am placed in the perfect job. I’ve never used those two words together. Perfect and job. At least not in describing a job that I had. But my current position is perfect for me. Why? Because it causes me to use all of my gifts and it doesn’t allow me to sit in the dark corner with them.

The Good News Bible translation of Proverbs 18:16 says, “Do you want to meet an important person? Take a gift and it will be easy.” That sounds like bribery and brown-nosery to me (yep, I made that word up). It makes me uncomfortable to even read this translation in this way. Is this really what God meant? I can’t stand people who are always jockeying to be in an important person’s face! But the truth is, my gift has ushered me into spaces where I’m nose to nose with a lot of important people without even trying. Of course, I’m not talking about a material gift. I mean the gifts and talents that I’ve been trusted to steward.

What are you doing on a daily basis to hone your gifts and make them shine? Are you tired of being overlooked, misconstrued, or underpaid? Take a gift and offer it to those who appreciate it. Whether it is a volunteer position, or you finally launch that business or ministry that you have burning inside of you, GO. I give you permission. No, better yet, I admonish you. Don’t let your gift sit on a shelf in a dark room for you to revel in alone. Someone needs you and whatever you excel in and are passionate about.

A personal goal of mine is to do everything. I know that sounds crazy. But I really want to do everything I have on my heart to do. And I know that I, too have to keep thrusting myself from behind the curtain, out of the shadows and into God’s marvelous light. You are way too gifted to mismanage your time and talent. If my health scare and surgery taught me anything, it is that life is finite. You won’t always have tomorrow to blame for why you haven’t accomplished something today. So take your gift. Let it make room for you. And you will find yourself before great men and women. God promised.

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Written by Chanelle

A predictably unpredictable, smart & witty Christ follower who loves entrepreneurship, serving and encouraging others and bursting into fits of uncontrollable laughter.


  1. Alasha says:

    Love Love Love! I’m Taking A Gift from Now On!

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