I know this probably comes off sounding kind of obvious. Of course you want to be a blessing, but have you ever asked yourself how? Specifically for he sake of our theme here, how an you be a blessing with your creativity? How can you bless others and even more how can you bless our Lord and His Kingdom. In the specific, there are as many answers to that question as there are people and the only way to get your own answer is to seek the Lord for it. There are, however some general answers.

What I just described above is known as finding your calling. The first step in all of this is to find what you are called to do. Again this involves seeking the Lord, but there are a few helpful hints. First calling is usually found at the intersection of ability and opportunity. What has God gifted you to do and be? This is crucial in finding your call. Also really important is to ask the question what do you love to do and what do you want to be? While these are not always indicative of call, for the most part, God loves us and wants to bless us, so often things like passion, especially in the realm of doing good are good indicators that God might be at work in an area of your life.

Next is to do whatever you do as if doing it for the Lord. This implies that you will do whatever you do to the best of your ability. This is the truest definition of excellence and if we always bring our best, sooner or late someone will be blessed by it.

Perhaps the easiest way to be a blessing is to serve others. The old adage that people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care certainly holds true in this case. If you want to be a blessing use your gift to serve someone. In order to do that it’s a good idea to look for needs you can meet using what you have.

Now of course there are times where we simply need to do what must be done, whether we’re gifted for something or not. The trick though is to step out of the way when someone more gifted in that area comes along, whenever that happens seek the Lord to see where He would have you serve next. Chances are that area will be in your area of gifting.

One last thing, sometimes God moves into areas that are less than comfortable and where we feel like we’re in way over our heads. Why would He do that? Well first of all when we are in over our heads we become increasingly aware of our dependence on Him which is crucial to life on this planet. The other reason is really simple. Sometimes our areas of greatest gifting are found outside our comfort zone. I’ll use myself as an example. I have always been very comfortable working in visual art. I love it and it comes relatively easy for me, a natural gift. I could have stayed there forever. On the other hand, public speaking terrified me. The thing is both art and speaking are my calling. The two together seem to be where God has me at least of the moment. To get to that place, though I had to be stretched into speaking. I also never envisioned writing a book, but having to communicate and transmit ideas led to writing. Professional experiences in editing helped me to better understand good writing and before long writing books made sense. I’m not saying I’m the best in the world at any of this. but it does allow me to be a blessing.

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