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Gifts can be wrapped in multiple ways. And while this changes the presentation, the true gift remains the same. As such, we’re free to embrace many different gift wrapping options without losing God’s true call for our life. 

Of course, presentation matters and there’s value in considering how we bring our gift to the world. But we shouldn’t get so lost in the external trappings that we miss the real gift. 

In the end, it’s the gift itself that matters and not how fancy or simple the wrapping happens to be. 

For instance, some have been given the gift of having a strong mind and figuring things out.  But this gift might be wrapped as a doctor, lawyer, or professor, just to name a few options. The core gifting is the same, but life circumstances and personal freedom leads to many different possibilities of how this gift might be wrapped. 

Those who are talented creatively might paint with brushes, or words, or through their ability to communicate grand visions. And those who are skilled relationally might become leaders of the many, teachers from the stage, or simply prefer to connect and influence others one-on-one. 

Whatever it looks like, the gift should never be confused with the wrapping. While there might be many different jobs and professions we can enter, and numerous credentials we can earn, these are all just the wrappings not our true gift. And this gives us great freedom in how we show up and offer ourselves – not feeling stuck that our gift can only be packaged in one way. 

We risk missing our calling when all our focus is on the wrapping and not the gift itself. 

Explore and enjoy all the different gift wrapping options available to you. But don’t let your true gift and calling be lost by boxing yourself into only one type of presentation. 

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Dr. Corey Carlisle

Licensed marriage and family therapist and certified sex therapist - providing Christian counseling and soul care to individuals and couples, with a special emphasis on developing the masculine soul. Suwanee, GA 30024

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