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We often think of our gifts as those things we naturally do well. While we still have to practice and work hard to develop it, there remains a certain ease in our efforts. We generally don’t have to work as hard as the next guy in those areas we’re gifted in.

But this is not always the case. And sometimes God calls us to and gifts us in areas that seem to go against our natural temperament.

For example, Moses was tapped to lead God’s people out of Egypt. But this was not a position he was waiting for and was hesitant to accept. He didn’t feel like he had the natural gifting to do what God was asking him to do.

But God called him all the same. And sometimes this is our experience as well.

Perhaps we’re called to speak into, move toward, or otherwise engage in situations we would not naturally gravitate toward. And, for our part, we feel completely ill equipped to handle the task before us.

We see others who are naturally gifted in this area and wonder why we’ve been burdened with this particular task.

But like Moses, we must learn to humbly accept what God has asked us to do. And to our surprise, we might realize just how much God uses our weaknesses to bless others.

The work might never feel natural. And it might always take great effort just to show up.

But soon we cannot deny God’s power at work through us. And he gets all the glory because this is still not something we would naturally do on our own.

To be sure, many of our gifts fit within our natural temperaments.

But learn to accept and fully embrace the gifts and callings that take you out of this comfort zone as well. God’s power is not limited by your temperament.

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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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