Me, Me, Me
Do you feel as if the universe, God, the known world, owe you? Do you feel like people should move out of the way for you? Do you expect others to adjust their schedule around yours? Do you often feel unrecognized for your hard work, especially when you know you work harder than everyone else? Do you often perceive others as incompetent or plain stupid? Do you resent life for just being unfair?
If you said yes to most of the questions above, then you’re entitled. Yay! Congrats on being another Millennial stereotype! If you realized where those questions were going, there might just be hope for you yet. God owes you nothing. The universe owes you nothing. Most people don’t owe you anything, most of the time. Generalizations aside, there are always exceptions to the rule.
Don’t go losing hope my fellow fragile-hearted, entitled snowflakes! Instead, consider what you did inherit upon coming into existence. (You are owed a right to life, by the way, once your soul is conceived into being.) Look at yourself in the mirror, you beautiful human you, and consider all the good things you have to offer the world.
Spiritual Trust Fund
Those good things you have to offer, those are what can (and should) offer to the world. Those good things are gifts. That’s right. You didn’t earn every good thing about yourself. Some of it you were born with. You most certainly could’ve cultivated these gifts into the grand things they are today, but you didn’t plant the seeds. God did.
You may be asking, what are these gifts? There’s nothing special about me. I’m not that good at anything. I don’t really have much to offer the world. Blah, blah, blah. Or, you may be one of those persons just attentive and introspective enough to realized what your God-given gifts are. The best way to find them is to listen to God. (He lives in your heart, if you’ve been looking for Him.)
I can’t tell you what your gifts are. That’s really for God to tell you. I can share some of what Scripture deems as Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 11:2-3), but these are umbrellas for all sorts of other blessings.
- Wisdom: Christ-centered; seeing dignity (i.e. God) in human person
- Understanding: God’s message
- Knowledge: Revelation of God’s mysteries
- Counsel: God’s plan
- Fortitude: Courage to to the right thing
- Piety: Devotion & prayer
- Fear of the Lord: Our God is an awe-some God.
How To Cash In On Your Trust Fund
Pray. Pray. And pray some more. Talk to God all the time. Your gifts are inherent to your essence, but they atrophy without instruction and use. I’ve found that the best way to use your gifts is to exercise them as much as possible. And when you begin to doubt your ability to use said gifts, check in with God. For those of you who are merely curious, or need an example, I’ll mention some gifts I have and how I’ve used them before. Also, this is not a trust fund that you have to wait to access by age 25. You really just have to ask.
- Wisdom: I’m doing the best I can to make God a daily part of my life. I bless every meal I possibly can. I pray to God before I write. I pray to God when I’m hollow. I pray to God when I’m happy. I spend my free time with people who help bring me closer to Christ. I talk about God with these people whenever I can.
- Counsel: I’m embracing God’s plan. I love more than my bed and my mom, but these are good places to center myself to experience God’s plan. Sleep keeps me centered, as well as my mother’s constant example of grace and devotion. These things help quiet the disquiet of my mind, and give me the peace to listen and trust.