Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
The spiritual gifts assessment tool I have been using with our congregation helps people to identify not only their gifts, but also their passions. When you have a passion for something, you love it, and you love to do it. It occupies your mind and warms your heart. Your passion will probably determine how you use your gifts.
My passions are reading and writing. I always have a book in my hand (according to my family). I love to tell people about my most recent “great read.” I love to loan books to people. I also like to write. I don’t care if I get paid for my writing, I just enjoy doing it. My most prominent spiritual gift is encouragement. My passions (reading and writing) + my gift (encouragement) = my ministries (this blog, the Little Free Library).
When you allow your passion to drive your gifts you wind up being a cheerful giver of whatever talent you have to offer. I don’t blog or donate and lend books to others because it’s a duty, something I must do to earn approval from God or others. I don’t do these things because the Pastor, or somebody else told me I should. I do them because they give me joy. I get a charge out of hearing someone else learned and grew through a book I recommended. My heart is lifted up when a reader shares that a blog post nourished his or her spiritual life.
Readers, go where your passions and gifts are calling you! You’ll find yourself becoming a cheerful giver of all the gifts God has first given to you.