"To be truly creative means much more than painting a picture, or writing a play, or inventing a machine. Creativity has been built into every one of us; it's part of our design. Each of us lives less of the life God intended for us when we choose not to live out the creative powers we possess . . .
What is more tormenting than recognizing a potential and then refusing to put it to work? It's like possessing a miracle drug capable of saving the lives of thousands but keeping it in a locked vault. What is more personally tragic than love unused? Generosity kept to oneself? Friendship unshared? The world's literature is filled with tales of men and women who knew their own potential, recognized their own talents but refused to use those gifts. Consequently, they are the truly tragic figures of history. It would be far better not to know of a gift than to be aware of it and refuse to use it." ~ Ted Engstrom
As part of this journey of Christly excellence that I have been on, I have sought out and confirmed the gifts I have. I have taken spiritual gifts test over the years, and although the results rarely change or only change slightly, my willingness and ability to develop and use them has. They have become an integral part of the way I choose to spend my time, but I seek God daily as I strive to follow his will through the talents and gifts he's given me. If you were to see the results of my spiritual gifts tests, the top ten spots would look something like this:
Mercy and discernment are tied for the top spot.
After that you will find, craftsmanship and writing tied for second place.
In third place you'll find teaching, encouragement, and missions.
And at the bottom of the top ten list would be knowledge, poverty, and faith.
I would agree with these results as God, through the study of his word, through prayer, and through experience, has shown me the gifts and talents he has given me. My struggle has sometimes been to find exactly how, when and where to use them, but he is showing me daily, and my eyes are becoming wide open to how to be a good steward of what he has blessed me with.