Getting Practical about Your Spiritual Gifts

“When one really becomes practical about spiritual gifts, they spell out responsibility and sacrifice. The identifying of gifts brings to the fore… the issue of commitment.

Somehow if I name my gift and it is confirmed, I cannot ‘hang loose’ in the same way. I would much rather be committed to God in the abstract than be committed to Him at the point of my gifts… Commitment at the point of my gifts means that I must give up being a straddler. Somewhere in the depths of me I know this.

Life will not be the smorgasbord I have made it, sampling and tasting here and there. My commitment will give me an identity.”

– Elizabeth O’Conner, Eight Days of Creation, pp.42,43

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