How to Make the Turn No One Expects? Part 1
What Happens to Those Who Try to Escape Their Gift?
Are you the type of person who knows what he/she should be doing, but are doing something different? Are you going in the opposite direction for which you are called?
You might not think of it this way, but the majority of those around you know what they were meant to be doing, but do something different. Common is the person who has a gift, but never uses that gift.
You possess what no one else has.
“The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.”” – bible.com/116/jon.1.1-4.nlt
We’re people of faith, so we believe it’s God who gives us what we have; our gifts, skills, and talents. God gives us all something that no one else has. Regardless, every person has some unique ability. For Jonah, God says “Get up and go to” a great city of My designation. How many times has God sent a message to you to get up and get going ? Maybe you didn’t hear God’s voice directly, but you’ve been inspired in your spirit with His Spirit to do something that no one you know is doing?
You know what ordinary people do, they do the opposite. They say God can not be talking to me. I’m not qualified. I’m not able. I don’t know how. I’m not good enough. I don’t want to get up and go. I’d rather stay here. This is what “normal” people do and you know what happens as a result? You never hear about what an ordinary person does. The only time you hear about ordinary people is when they do extraordinary things.
The choice to remain “normal” keeps us there.
But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. – bible.com/116/jon.1.1-4.nlt
We make a choice to remain “normal” and that choice keeps us from being extraordinary. Are you going to do what everyone else is doing? Nothing.
“But Jonah” although he knew what he was supposed to do, did what everyone else does. He ran, he hid, he went in the opposite direction. Are you headed in the opposite direction? Why do we think we can get away from the gift that’s planted within us? There’s no escaping what we are. No matter how we try to keep it hidden from others, they see it anyway. Someone notices that secret you’ve been avoiding. Someone always catches a glimpse of your extraordinary gift because we are always drawn to the things we don’t have.
You can not escape the inevitable.
“He [Jonah] bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish. But the Lord …” – bible.com/116/jon.1.1-4.nlt
“hoping to escape”
Jonah tried to escape sharing his gift with the folks in Ninevah. What people are you trying to avoid sharing your gift? You can’t escape what you are gifted to be. All you can do is hide it from other people, but it’s still within you. If you’re a gifted singer, whether you run to places to use your gift or away from places to use your gift, you are still a gifted singer. You can be gifted and no one knows it, but you. That’s your choice. By the way, that’s what normal people do, they keep their gifts away from others who can benefit from it. The greatest contribution you can make to the world is to share your gift. That’s what the uncommon do.
“But the Lord”
You have to love those words. “But the Lord”, in spite of you going in the wrong direction and even trying to escape what you have and who you are, the inevitable, He makes it so that you have very little choice in using what’s He’s given you. The only other alternative you have is to sit on it (remain normal), otherwise you’ll have to use it. The choice, if there’s much of a choice, is yours. “But the Lord,” He will direct you to places where the gift you have is most valuable.
Don’t stay with the majority and sit on your gift. Nothing in life will work out when you do this. You’ll run away from it, just to return to the same spot. You’ll sit on it and find no satisfaction in life. You’ll avoid it and miss out on the life you could have. Use your gift, begin that uncommon journey today.