Growing up I had leadership, strengths in sales, marketing and entrepreneurship. My grandmother sold flowers in the local plaza in Puerto Rico and I would see her wheeling and dealing.
I remember being 8 years old at her house one summer and finding a litter of puppies in an abandoned house down the street. My cousin and I took action and spray painted a board “PUPPIES FOR SALE $5”. We setup on the busy street, brought the puppies out on display, and opened up our first business.
This trend continued for me throughout elementary, middle, high school and college. I was always selling something, leading something, and or starting something.
But when I started going back to church in 2008 and gave my life to Christ, the spirit came in me and stirred up an entirely new gift. A SPECIFIC gift.
You’re reading this, so you’re probably an entrepreneur and can relate to my story above.
We entrepreneur tend to be good at several things, but not great at any ONE THING. We run all aspects of our business. We do the sales, marketing AND leadership.
But if we could admit it… We’re really not great at any of them. Good, yes. Masters, no. Why? Because God is looking to work one main gifting in you.
See, the reason it’s hard for Entrepreneurs to identify their ONE GIFT to stick to is that we think we need to be a little of everything for the business to succeed. Sure, we need to KNOW a little of everything, but it doesn’t mean we do a little of everything.
The Bible says this:
Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
1 Corinthians 12:14-18 NIV
Isn’t it true that some of us are ears, trying to be noses. Haven’t you met some people that are eyes, trying to be feet. You can see it (no pun intended), buy they have no clue.
God has designed each and every one of us to a very specific role in our business lives.
It wasn’t until I was deeper into my relationship with God that the spirit moved me to be specifically involved in helping people find their purpose, their identity, their calling. God specifically wanted me to do that, and anything else in my business needed to be delegated.
If you are wrestling with identifying and naming your gifts in business, please know God is not holding out on you. We each have unique talents that God wants to unleash through our ventures.
And when God revealed it to me, I didn’t respond immediately. In fact, I’m STILL honing that craft and looking to shed other tasks while I navigate Entrepreneurship.
But I didn’t know this fully until I had started my relationship with God again and he revealed it through a bible study I did at church.
God wants to reveal to you your SPECIFIC gifting, the ONE THING that He created you for.
Maybe you’re frustrated like I was with too many things, and you just wish you could do one thing so well and have that pay all your bills. That’s totally OK because God designed it that way and if you truly desire that, God will reveal it to you.
Imagine if we all were living out our gifts the way God designed it for each of us. Imagine the picture of a perfect body working in union. That’s when great partnerships can form, joint ventures can thrive, and God’s full glory of gifting can be revealed.
Here are some questions that I use to help others find their giftings:
- What did your parents or friends tell you that you were good at growing up?
- What do you imagine God could do through you if you really knew and used your gifts?