You did not determine where, when and why you were born. God determined all that before your parents even met each other (Jeremiah 1:5). You are born at an appointed time, in an appointed place, with specific gifts to solve well defined problems. Everyone’s assignment differs.
When I was young, I used to wish I was an American or a European, living in London, New York, etc. Growing up however and discovering more about myself, I can say with every sense of audacity that I’m proud to be a Nigerian, born in Nigeria and Gifted to solve specific problems.
I’ve studied a bit about Nations. In every Nation, there is a natural resource. In Nigeria for example, there is Crude Oil, in Ghana, there is Gold. In England, there is Coal. In Germany, there is Uranium, etc. Each Nation draws from its natural resources to produce wealth for its citizenry. Nations differ in wealth depending on the level of utilisation of their resources.
Similarly, every human being has a gift, a potential, a natural endowment and a special ability. The level of your success depends on the level of your utilisation of that talent. You have great hope for the future because you are loaded with unbelievable stuff on your inside.
In every discipline and area of Endeavour, there are specialists. In sports for example, there are talented athletes. Look out for your own potential. Some people have the voice to sing, some have the personality to encourage, some; the hands to write, some; craft, some; drawing, some; talking, and so on.
Know also that it’s possible to be endowed with two or three or even as many talents as possible. Some people can do several things perfectly, you almost wonder if they are from another planet. The Bible said “God is able to make all grace abound to you…” (2 Corinthians 9:8). That means you can have abundance of gifts.
‘Benjamin Franklin’ was an author, printer, inventor, scientist and politician. ‘Leonardo DA Vinci’ was not only the best artist of his time; he also came up with ideas for the helicopter tank, solar power, calculator and the theory of plate tectonics. ‘Paul Robeson’ did not only have a beautiful bass-baritone voice, he was also a great athlete, writer, multi-lingual orator, scholar and lawyer. ‘Isaac Newton’ was a mathematician, physicist, theologian, astronomer, alchemist and philosopher. ‘Albert Schweitzer’ was a musician, peace activist, physician, philosopher and theologian. ‘Aristotle’s’ writings covered poetry, metaphysics, logic, physics, music, theatre, politics, biology, ethics and zoology. ‘Thomas Jefferson’, former president of the United States was an inventor, architect, politician, writer and wine maker. ‘Isaac Asimov’, having written 500 books and 9000 letters and post cards, said, “Never think that you’re not good enough yourself. People will take you at your own reckoning.”
I can go on and on. The summary of what I’m saying is that you’re too gifted to remain a mediocre! You can’t afford to hide under the bushel all your life. You are amazing. You are a masterpiece. You have untapped capabilities and unharnessed potentials.
It’s absolutely impossible for anyone to exist without a talent. Everyone has a purpose and there’s a resource deposited in you for the fulfilment of your purpose; and that resource is called ‘Talent.’ Discover it, develop it and deploy it. The world is waiting for you!
-Isaac John Akagu
-excerpt from my book: Your Talent and Your Destiny.