Each of us has been given gifts to share with the world. Sometimes these gifts are obvious, like a young person who hears a piece of music and can then play it back, or the person who can perform complicated math calculations in their head.
Sometimes our gifts take some investigation to uncover. We may go through a process of trial and error, learning new skills and deciding whether we like them or have a particular talent at this or that.
And sometimes, other people recognize our gifts long before we do ourselves. Like when several people I met at a business forum said, “You’re a coach, right?”
This has been the case with me recently. I have been in transition for a while. I’m good at my job. It provides me with opportunities to learn and grow, and to be with people. But I am not passionate about my job.
I am passionate about my spirituality. I love learning and growing, and helping others to do the same. This must be one of my gifts, right? Yes! So I have been giving it away. While I am happy to give my gift away, I also wonder how I can bring my gifts into alignment with my work.
You’ve probably heard the saying, “Do what you love and the money will follow.” I’ve been doing what I love for nearly nine years, and I have yet to earn any real income from it. So, while I have been doing what I love, and what I am passionate about, I’ve only been playing at it. Dabbling if you will.
Now my task is to put those gifts and talents into service. I am committing to my mission: to play with the Divine and to help others discover the Divine spark within themselves. To put my gifts into service means bringing all aspects of my life into alignment with that mission, including my financial house. To have my gifts in service means they are part of the flow for me financially as well as spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
I have been using my gifts to serve others, and now I am putting my gifts into service for myself, so I can continue to serve others. It’s a fine line of distinction, and I am not sure I’ve made it clear. So I would love your comments to see how you understand the difference between “in service” and “of service”.