Melvyn Tan
November 26, 2013 — By tanmelvyn@gmail.com

G.I.F.T Your Gifts

[blockquote source=”1 Peter 4:10-11 (NLT)“]God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all […]

[blockquote source=”1 Peter 4:10-11 (NLT)“]God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.[/blockquote]

What are your Gifts?
As we draw near the year’s end, it is worthwhile pondering over a few things. One of which is this: what are your gifts?

Everyone has Gifts
Everyone of us have gifts. Some of us are gifted in writing. Others are gifted at storytelling. So, how are you using your gifts?

G is for a Good Cause
As a consultant, one of the tasks that I am hired to do is to solve problems. That said, one could simply use this gift to benefit oneself, or you could choose to use it to benefit not only yourself but also the betterment of others. For example, I use my gift in problem solving to help schools in Singapore become more effective. Not only does it allow me to make a living, it also enabled me to make an impact on education. As a country whose only resource is people, our future very much depends on how well equipped are our people to meet tomorrow’s challenges.

Question: how have you used your gifts for a good cause?

I is for Inspire Others
Over the past six months, I have greatly benefited from the works of many gifted individuals. Todd Henry – being a creative. Jeff Goins – being a writer. Michael Hyatt – being an intentional leader. These gifted individuals have each produced a body of work that not only demonstrate their capabilities, but have also made their work available to anyone who wish to pay attention to. Their blogs, podcasts (many of these are free), and books have inspired thousands of others, like me, to not only do our work more effectively, but also inspire us to take our work to the next level.

Question: how have you used your gifts to inspire others?

F is for Frequent Use
When Livescribe introduced Sky Wifi Smartpen that connects with Evernote, I bought it immediately. The need to physically connect the pen to my computer in order to transfer notes to my Evernote account was a pain for me. After I received the new pen, the old Echo Smartpen got the cold storage. One day, I decided to bring the old Smartpen as a backup for one of my trips, but even after charging it overnight, the pen just simply won’t power on. The old Smartpen is dead! Our gifts are the same. The more we use it, the better we become. Conversely, if we do not make frequent use of it, we will lose our edge. Overtime, we may even feel inadequate about our gifts altogether. Consider scheduling time each day to make use of your gifts. Still, even with scheduling, there will be times that you will not use it. That said, unless you make a deliberate effort to make use of your gift, it is left to chance. Or in other words, it will be dependent on the external environment to determine whether you get to use your gifts or not.

Question: how do you factor time to make frequent use of your gifts?

T is for Transform Others
If you have seen the movie, Transformers, you’d see cars turning into robots. To be transformed means to be changed. These changes can be in physical form (from less fit to being fit) or it could be in behavioral form (from a disempowering habit to an empowering one). Each year, I make it a point to invest in my own professional development. This year, the investment was in a Tony Robbins program to transform several areas of my life. Some noticeable changes made would include being an early riser, eliminating my disempowering thoughts, and sharpening my questioning techniques. These are some of the critical areas in my life that are encumbrances to my success. Having eliminated these encumbrances will allow me to take my life to a whole new level. Use your gifts to transform others.

Question: how can you use your gifts to transform others?

Prayer
Father, thank You for the gifts You’ve endowed us with. May we use our gifts to bring Glory to Your Name and to bring cheerfulness to others. In Christ name, Amen.