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Tap Into Joy as You Discover Your Spiritual Gifts
by brian j plachta on April 19th, 2020


“Go beyond your safe place. Claim your gift of encouragement.” Sister Nancy shook her Dominican finger at us soon-to-be-certified spiritual directors. “Embrace the spiritual gifts and talents God has given you. Then watch how things align, how joy happens as you use your gifts to serve others.”

Nancy’s comments came a few years after I’d completed a Spiritual Gifts Inventory. Before then, I struggled to find my purpose. Drifting. Wondering. Not knowing.

I had been frustrated, but my Irish spirit refused to let me spend life eating potato chips in front of the television. I stumbled on and took the Inventory. Through it, I discovered my top spiritual gifts. They became guideposts that helped me understand why I love to write, teach, and encourage others.

Over time, through prayer and the guidance of spiritual mentors, the door to the next season of my life opened. Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, I hopped onto my Yellow Brick Road as my gifts led me down the pathway toward wholeness.

Scripture says the church’s role is to help us find our unique talents and gifts. Then, the church is supposed to help us use our talents to make the world a better place. But, I don’t remember anybody helping me discern my gifts as I was growing up. I didn’t even know what gifts were.

So, when I stumbled upon and took the spiritual gifts inventory in my thirties, I felt like I’d found a part of myself that was there all the time—it just needed unearthing.

Here’s a link to the spiritual gifts inventory I found helpful: Spiritual Gifts Inventory. Click on it and download the Inventory. Then follow the directions and fill it out.

When you’ve finished the Inventory, write down your top gifts. Go back to the document and read the description for each. Then ask yourself how you’re using your gifts in practical, concrete ways. Also pray about how you’d like to use your talents  more fully or in different ways. Then claim your gifts and put them into practice.

When we share our gifts with others, we become fully alive
. We experience joy. We find purpose. Fulfillment. And the world becomes a better place.

The universe needs you and your unique gifts. 

Use them, and tap into joy.


—brian j plachta
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