“How do I know I am fulfilling God’s will? How do I know I am heading in the right direction? How do I use what God has given me and give it back to him? I don’t know what talents God is asking me to share.”
Sound familiar? When I was younger, I thought that to serve God’s Church, I needed to do mission work, or be a minister, or be a teacher, or be a nun! I didn’t see how my talents “fit” into serving my local parish, and I didn’t think that I was able to serve God outside of the parish either!
God has given me talents that I can clearly use in His Church, such as youth ministry and music, but He also gifted me with a love of graphic arts, web design, being empathetic, and being a good listener. I didn’t see how those directly related to Parish life. What I did learn though, was that by volunteering my time and talents into my Parish, God led me to the people He wished for me to serve — and they weren’t always a part of my Parish family!
God wants you to be happy, and he wants you to use your gifts to help others. That’s it. The key is to be open to saying “yes,” even when you don’t see how you “fit.”
My suggestion to those who are trying to determine how they can use their talents is to write out your gifts and what gets you excited. Then talk to your Pastor or people you know who are connected to Parish groups. Find out if there are any needs you can help relieve, and don’t be afraid to give something new a try!
God gives us our talents so that they may bear fruit. Don’t bury your talents. Your Church needs you.