As Christmas day winds down, most of us are certainly grateful for all of the gifts that our family and friends have given to us today. Let us not forget that we all have been granted God-given gifts that need to be used for the good in our daily lives, as well. In addition, there are many gifts out there that we can go get on our own.

From an early age, we are taught that it is better to give gifts than receive them. Each one of us – especially anyone in any kind of leadership position – is called to do this.

Colorful presents

Here are three things to remember about your gifts:

1. It is better to give them. – People gravitate to those who give their gifts, or talents, much more so than those that lead by dictating. Quite simply, people follow those who give. Give your time. Give your humility. Give your mentoring. And remember to give your gifts to those who need it the most.

2. It is important to develop them. – Do not rest on your laurels. Much like a new shirt must be laundered and pressed or a diamond ring must be buffed, leaders must develop their gifts. Spend time reading, listening, watching, and being guided to develop them.

3. Work to earn the gifts you do not have. – At least one of you probably didn’t receive a gift you would have liked for Christmas. That is okay. We cannot be blest with everything. If you really wanted that new tablet or new book you are going to have to invest in yourself (through time and/or money) in order to purchase them. Similarly, we must take gifts (skills) we do not have and work on them in order to become better at what we do.

Merry Christmas to all of you! I am grateful you spend your time reading this blog.


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