“How do we know we have a God-given talent?”

“What counts as a talent? What defines a talent?”

College students and young professionals in the United States kicked off their bi-monthly nation-wide video call to discuss, “How do we find our God-Given Talents?”

From practical tips to get the most out of school and work to how to face life-changing decisions like preparing for marriage, Core Values for Life (CVL) addresses a spectrum of important conversations to help young adults take charge in fostering their own life of faith.

“I don’t know if everyone is born with a talent,” said one young man, “But I would say that everyone has God-given potential to develop a talent.”

Another chimed in, “I think it’s a balance between finding what God gave you and having the drive to challenge yourself in different areas to discover what those talents are and what you should use it for.”

An engineer from Washington state shared his experience saying,

At first wanted to go into the medical field but ended up working at a refinery, majoring in chemical engineering. Providing energy for a region impacts people’s daily life. The work we do provides relatively lower cost for families’ transportation, allowing people to move around and interact with each other. No matter what your field is, there are ways to discover how your work and talents can benefit the world and be defined as “God-given.”

Curious, another asked his peers on the call, “Do you have an experience of having to decide between what you’re passionate about and something that has more potential to help more people?”

A young woman who works for an international non-profit replied,

I studied design and international relations. I couldn’t let go of design because I was so passionate about it. I don’t think you should study a field just because it’s the “right thing to do.” You can use the field that you’re studying to think about its principles and how it can benefit the world. It has to be a balance. If you only pursue what you want to do without a vision, that might not be good either.

Others were quick to join in.

“Listen to your conscience. Recognize what other people have to say but at the end of the day, to have a conclusion, listen to your conscience.”

“We’re talking about God-given talents. Talents God gave us. God isn’t ignorant of what we’re passionate about. He gave us those passions. He may call us to do something different at some time because He needs someone but He doesn’t forget about what you’re passionate about. I gave up going into music because I was passionate about it but it didn’t go with my conscience. But later in life, I constantly got opportunities in music.”

A young man from Alaska brought attention to the importance of recognizing when one’s ego is in the way of self-development saying, “Our false sense of self sometimes gets in the way. As you listen to your conscience and move away from habits that constricts you from what you’re capable of, you learn more about yourself and more able to discover your talents.”

So, what can YOU do to help discover your God-given talents?

CVL says,

“Go out into the wilderness! Go out into nature and clear your mind.”

“Journal. Not just a stream of consciousness but ask yourself, ‘What is my motivation?’”

“Start your day by thinking about God.”

“Pray.”

 

Get out there. Discover your talents. Make a difference.