Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. – Rom. 12:6-8.
Pain and rejection we have experienced might cause us to hide certain talents. Some known; some unknown. We become good stewards of the talents we received at birth as we use and grow in them. Even after years of not using them, God can redeem the time and make us fruitful. He revives these gifts as He leads us into our divine purposes.
There are no insignificant gifts. We should even consider, and not ignored, uncommon talents, like a man drawn to cooking, or a woman to working on cars. The way to identify our talents is to pay attention to what stirs us up, excites us, and makes us come alive. As we practice and celebrate them, we see their fruitfulness. Even when we delay carrying out what the Lord leads us to do, we should note these gifts and pray for His help to walk in it.
In some situations, people might be stuck doing one thing when their heart is to do another. Seeking the Lord for His best and pursuing good stewardship of our talents will give room to new prospects. God accepts us in the Beloved, and considers us precious, uniquely and wonderfully made. We are gifts to one another and glorify God in all we do, from glory to glory!