Step Up!

What are YOU good at? Certainly, over the years, you have acquired knowledge that tells you you’re good at certain things. Perhaps you design things. Maybe you’re an excellent pipe fitter. Maybe you’re still struggling to figure it out. I would bet, though, that deep inside your heart, you really know what  you do well. Are you a good listener? Are you patient? Do you enjoy visiting with people? Sometimes it is the simplest thing that you do best. Chances are, it is also something you enjoy.

I am here to tell you to quit stressing over not being “as good as” someone else. You are every bit “as good as” that other person. The difference is that you are uniquely as good. God made us in His image, but He gave us each a unique identity. Where keeping up a conversation stresses some of us to no end, having a person to talk with may in fact be exactly what that patient in the local nursing home needs. A good listener may be just what that homebound grandmother needs when all of her family members are far away. Where physical skill is certainly significant for building a house, relating to a child with autism and caring for a child with cancer require very different aptitudes.

If you truly cannot figure out what it is that you are good at, try asking a few friends. I would bet they only echo the same traits you already thought about deep within your soul. Take heart! Have courage! You have been blessed with an ability that is uniquely you. It is time to step forward and do what you do best. Today is your day to begin!

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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