|Gift from God
by Deion Sanders
By the time I was 7-years old, it was obvious that I had a gift from God.
I was able to run faster than anybody my age. I competed against guys
bigger and stronger than me and I would beat them. I was above the norm. I was a leader
and out in front. I was a creator and an innovator even as a child.
At first, I attributed my gift of speed from racing against the dark,
constantly sprinting past the graveyards on the way home, but I later learned it was from
God. I also learned, the hard way, that you cant depend upon physical talent or fame
because all that stuff is fickle. One week you may be the hottest player in baseball or
the most valuable player in the NFL, but the next week you cant make a play if your
life depended upon it. Anything you depend on for your meaning in life that takes you away
from the real meaning in life your one-on-one relationship with Christ is
God gives us gifts in seed form, but it is up to us to work them
through to fruition. I am who I am because I learned to use Gods gift. God
doesnt give us gifts to sit on or hold on to. He gives us gifts to use for His
glory. Thats why we cant ever take credit for our gift because God gave it to
us and He can surely take it away. Unfortunately, many people spend more time focusing on
the gifts that other people have instead of trying to discover their own. Kids, for
instance, want to have my speed, or Michael Jordans slam dunk or even Tiger
Woods mastery of golf. While we are all operating within our gifts, God has given
each person their own measure of gift and that gift is distinctly yours. So, dont be
jealous or envious of someone elses gift and stop trying to be like Mike or even
Deion. Instead, find out what gift God gave you and tap into its power.
If you want to be effective for the Kingdom, youve got to find
out what your gift is, and that process always begins with God. Go to God and say,
"Father, why have You created me? What is distinctive about me?" God gives you
what He knows you can handle. If God gives you a gift, He has already assessed that
its within your power to work it to fruition and manage it.
So, make that your goal, to work the gift youve got.
Deion is author of Power Money & Sex by Word Publishing Co.