One of the things we come to understand in the journey of spiritual growth and enlightenment is that each and every one of us has been uniquely gifted to reveal Love in the world. What are you doing with the Love that you are called to reveal?
Jesus said to the crowd, “No one lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel or sets it under a bed;
rather, he places it on a lampstand so that those who enter may see the light.”
Luke 8: 16
You Are Uniquely Gifted
In Chapter Four of Authentic Freedom – Claiming a Life of Contentment and Joy, I discuss at length the spiritual truth that “You are uniquely gifted to reveal Divine Love and Creativity in the world.” In a nutshell…..each and every one of us has been gifted in a unique and special way to be a vessel through which Divine truth, creative expression, love, peace, mercy, justice, compassion and joy can be revealed, expressed and known in the world. It is through the full and open expression of this unique giftedness that the world becomes a better place – more harmonious, more free, more loving, joyful and peaceful. Who wouldn’t want that!!!???
The problem is that instead of taking the time to explore, name, claim, cultivate and share our gifts, many of us either ignore this co-creative and co-expressive call, or we hide our gifts away out of the fear that either we don’t really have something to contribute, or that we will in some way be judged or rejected for sharing our unique gifts. When instead of sharing our gifts, we hide them under a bushel basket, we suffer and all the world with us. We suffer the pain of repression (often recognized by anxiety, restlessness, frustration, impatience, physical pain in our neck and shoulders, unsatisfying and repressive relationships, emotional abuse, co-dependency issues, difficulty naming and claiming our needs) and the world suffers with us because it is being deprived of the love that seeks to be known in a hurting and wounded world.
The invitation, as Jesus reminded his students in the scripture passage above, is to LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE! Take the time to explore and discover what your gifts might be. Take the time to nurture and cultivate your gifts. THEN……freely, openly and generously SHARE your gifts in the world. And be aware that it is often in our deepest wounds and most excruciating pain where our deepest gifts reside. So how are you gifted to reveal Divine love in the world? Are you an artist, athlete, writer, listener, cook, caretaker, lover? How are you being called to reveal love through your woundedness, your perceived imperfections, your past pains, sorrows, struggles and hurts? How are you being called to gather up what gives you joy and spend time with it – music, art, theater, spending time with friends, being in nature?
The Good News
The good news is that the ways in which we are called and are able to reveal Divine love, truth, justice, peace, joy in the world is LIMITLESS!!!! We just need to recognize what those things might be and spend time doing them!
Authentic Freedom Ministries