Finding your hidden gift can be a blessing

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

— 1 Peter 4:10


God gave each and every one of us a unique gift to call our own. As human beings we were all made with a different purpose, and given special skills to call our own.

God tells us to use our gifts to glorify him and to benefit others. As college students we tend to wonder what we’re good at because in the end that’s our main purpose of even coming to college in the first place.

Sometimes we change our major, or even drop out of school, because we decide that school isn’t the right choice for us. This decision-making is due largely to the fact that we haven’t discovered our gift yet. God grants us a variety of gifts that he expects us to use to be a blessing to others.

When you think about it, that’s the whole reason we go to school in the first place. We take classes, study long hours and commit ourselves to consecutive years of academic hardship so we can one day use our gift of education to benefit others.

If you’re experiencing an academic block or wondering if you’re choosing the right degree path, then there’s a good chance you haven’t found your gift yet. When we think about gifts we think of beautifully wrapped presents that have been given to us by someone we care about. It is the same thing with God.

He has blessed us with unique and diverse gifts that make us stand out among one another. Whether your gift is healing the sick through medicine or instructing a class with the gift of teaching, your talents are equal in the eyes of God. But finding your gift isn’t always as easy as it seems.

We were never meant to have easy lives or have easy experiences, so why would finding our gift be any different? Some individuals don’t discover their talents until they step out of their comfort zones and it is when we are pushed to our limits that we discover what we are truly capable of.

Most of the time we tend to work in positions that we once would never find ourselves being a part of. For example, an individual who did poorly in school and had a teacher who pushed them to succeed might want to pursue a degree in education to be a motivator for someone else. Someone might decide to use their gift from God to make a difference in someone’s life.

Everyone has a gift that God has granted to them and there is no shame in stumbling along the way to finding yours. Change your major, take an art class or, better yet, step out of your comfort zone — because you’ll never know what you’ll find out about yourself when you do.

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