The introspection of the last few weeks coupled with discussion of my personal character with friends and family (as per an assignment regarding my ability as an entrepreneur or manager) has caused me to think more about the gifts my Father in Heaven has given me and what I am doing with them. Most especially, my ability as a public speaker and teacher. I have come to a new realization that this ability is a spiritual gift. I admit it isn’t one I have ever heard before on any list in relation to gifts of the spirit, but I don’t think that makes it unqualified as a gift.
and to every man is given a gift by the Spirit of God.
I also ran upon this verse during my studies.
and not at any time have I given unto you a law which was temporal . . .
With this new understanding, I am wondering what to do with it. I have been a teacher several times as a church calling and I always except the call to speak in a sacrament meeting, but is this enough? Is there something I can do in my life to use it better in building the Kingdom of God? Or to build my community? How is my study of business going to make me better able to use this gift? How do I use this gift in the business world? Is it needed there? Is it profitable? What is the message I would share?
With this ability also comes a level of confidence, or perceived confidence by others. This confidence can make me unapproachable. One friend said it was in much the same way a shy person is perceived as being a snob. No one came out and said it, but it would seem I have an arrogance about me and it can rub people the wrong way. I am glad they shared this with me, because I wouldn’t want to purposely make someone feel they couldn’t talk to me about an issue. I need to work on being able to get my point across while still enabling others to share their view too.
I love the Proverbs 31 woman and strive to be like her. Verse 26 reads
She openeth her mouth with wisdom;
And in her tongue is the law of kindness.
I think I can be both confident and kind. To find the balance will make my confidence a success trait instead of a stumbling block.