Sheila McKeithen on Saying “Yes” to Your Gift

Learning to Unleash the Gifts Within
By Sheila R. McKeithen, J.D.

“Young lady, you have a Gift that we can’t teach in law school,” said one of my professors as I stood before a panel of judges arguing the pros and cons of a host’s liability for harm caused by a party guest. That single comment has stayed with me.

Yes, I am gifted and I have always been. Like Cherif Aziz in the movie, Discover the Gift, I hid from my Gift. This movie has given me the opportunity to come out of hiding and share with the world that which I’ve discovered and continue to discover as I unleash the Gifts within me. The movie will do the same for you.

When Cherif Aziz contacted me about my participation in Discover the Gift, I was still in hiding. It seemed that I had so many matters in my life that needed my attention BEFORE I could step out from behind the ‘curtain’ of my life and onto the stage of a major film.

No matter how consistently I worked to clear up and clear out my ‘clutter’, it seemed as if I was creating more clutter to keep me in my comfort zone – behind the curtain – when my true place was in this film.

Does this sound familiar? Like so many people, this is the pattern that I had created for myself. Once I realized that I was keeping myself ‘stuck’ in the comfort of my ‘curtain,’ I made a decision to change.

Isn’t it great that change is our choice? Isn’t it fabulous that it is never too late to change?

It was a big step for me to say “Yes” to this film. I wish I could tell you that I wasn’t nervous about my decision. I was nervous, and to be truthful, I am still a bit nervous. Making a decision to come out from behind the curtain of life invites a bit of nervousness.

But through it all I know that I have a choice. I can remain as I am, living behind the curtain like the wizard in the movie, The Wizard of Oz, or I can change.

I choose to change. This film encourages change, and it has changed me for the better.

Discover the Gift will change you, too. That is, if you want to change.

Several weeks ago, thanks to the team, I was able to see the movie, Discover the Gift, and experience my contribution to the film. Needless to say, I was pleased.

This is a major milestone for me. I have journeyed from behind the curtain in a big way. By agreeing to be in the film, I am joining my voice with voices from around the world to encourage and empower others to discover their inner Gift and share it with the world.

What I know is that this film can be a milestone for your life as well. Not because I am in the movie, but because you dared to invest your time and energy in watching the movie and making the choices that enable you to freely express the Gifts within you.

You do know that you are gifted, don’t you? Everyone is. We each are on the planet to share a Gift that heals us as it blesses the world.

Discover the Gift – the book and the movie – are available for pre-order now and available wherever books and DVDs are sold June 14, 2011.

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  1. May 23, 2011
    12:04 pm

    Prince Oswy Gayle

    Rev. Dr. Sheila McKeithen is my Minister at the Universal Centre of Truth For Better Living in Jamaica. She is a transformational person who walks the walk and talks the talk. I love her. She like all of us, is God in expression. I am proud of her in this movie. Let’s begin the Journey of Change. It can only make us better and set us free. Get ready, set, go.

  2. May 23, 2011
    9:02 pm

    Alice J. Brown

    I love the title “Discover the Gift.” I am looking forward to seeing the movie as well as reading the book. I am grateful that Sheila said yes and allowed herself to move out of her comfort zone and shared her gift. I praise God for this project. I feel that it will help to bring empowerment to those who read the book as well as watch the movie. Yea God!

  3. May 24, 2011
    6:34 am

    Shawn Ashman

    I am looking forward to seeing this movie! Rev Sheila you have been such a great inspiration to me over the years, and have encouraged me to discover my gift and explore it. I am so happy that you have done this movie, now more persons will know the truth and the truth shall set them free! To God be the Glory!

  4. May 24, 2011
    7:22 am

    Angela Thame

    I am so proud of you Rev. Sheila to have the courage to step from behind the curtain.

    I am definitely looking forward to
    experiencing both the book and the movie so I, too, can step forward.



  5. May 24, 2011
    9:45 am

    Jane Galloway

    Thank you Sheila, for speaking to this matter of really really getting willing to pull the curtain on ourselves so that the show we were intended to star in could begin in earnest…that show being of course, the showing/sharing of our great Gift for the world.
    You inspire so many…and your willingness to continue to do so IS the gift.
    Can’t wait to see the film.
    Rev. Jane Galloway
    Sacred Center NY

  6. May 24, 2011
    10:25 pm

    TK Strong

    Sheila, I am so proud of you for sharing so much of “your gift” with others as well as myself. Continue in your service of ‘gift giving’and inspiring me along with others. Look forward to seeing you soon.
    Toya K. Strong

  7. May 25, 2011
    6:51 am

    Naudia N. Sinclair

    I am so proud and happy for you Rev. Sheila as a regular attendee of services at UCT for the past three years, I have been inspired by your story and the teachings of UFBL. You are proof positive that the principles work if you work it by your life example. I can’t wait to see this movie which will be a vehicle to share your gift to the rest of the world.

  8. May 26, 2011
    2:58 pm

    Victoria J Thomas

    Rev Sheila is my mentor and has been a blessing in my life. She knows what it is to be spiritually healed and is a vessel of the healing Christ love for others. I look forward to seeing this movie!!!

  9. May 29, 2011
    11:00 pm

    Terri Crook

    Like Sheila, I too have hid behind the curtain full of self induced clutter… that I brought in or allowed to be dropped off. Recognizing this I began the New Year with a commitment to rid the clutter from my head, heart and home. I have completed two. Can you guess which one remains? Believe it or not, the home and the heart were the easiest. I look forward to the movie which I’m sure will serve as a “vacuum” for my mind as I continue to remove all of the excuses. The trailer has definitely got me feeling like a young child on Christmas Eve. Thanks to Sheila and others for using their powerful gifts to deliver this highly anticipated and needed present!

  10. Jun 2, 2011
    4:46 pm

    Suzette Brown

    Go Rev. Sheila!! I have been blessed to be a member of UCT, Jamaica and to sit under your tutelage Sunday after Sunday and other days where I have be inspired and transformed by you messages and examples. You are what you teach You are my modern day Jesus, my role model and I am proud that you stepped out. I am on that journey where I am discovering my gifts. I know the movie will transform lives. To God be the glory!!

  11. Jun 3, 2011
    12:38 am

    Candice Gee

    Rev. Sheila is a gift to this world. I am humbled to call her teacher and friend. Thank you Sheila for reminding us to live true to that which we are here to deliver with our life. Her work in this film is exceptional and reminds me why she is a Beautiful Soul.

  12. Jun 13, 2011
    9:43 am

    K E L I

    WOW! What a gift! no Pun intended , but to have the opportunity and the exposure to such a wealth of encouragement is truly a gift! WE need all we can get here in Jamaica, for us to say yes even when all the world seems to say no.
    I am so grateful to have Rev. Sheila in my life and that she touches the lives of others especially here in Jamaica! Cant wait to see this movie and read the book! and share it with all we can!

  13. Jun 15, 2011
    1:03 pm

    Phyllis Allbrook

    To discover and realize what one’s gift is must be one of the most fulfilling points on life’s journey!! I can hardly wait to watch the movie because I know it will help me to discover my gift and say ‘Yes’ to Divine command, what ever shape or form it takes. Thank you Sheila for continuing to be my teacher and inspiration. Nuff Love and Bleasings.
    Phyllis Allbrook

  14. Jun 15, 2011
    4:01 pm

    Michele Born

    Rev Sheila, You are one of my greatest teachers. You were my guide back into the Light. You truly are a Healing Presence. I have learned so much by the living example that you are. I am inspired by you! I am so thankful and grateful for you. Gloria in Excelsis Deo!!

  15. Jun 19, 2011
    10:56 am

    Natasha E. Russell

    Rev. Sheila I am truly happy you said yes to your gift. You have touched so many lives and continue to do so. Saying yes to this movie has just increased your reach making you accessible to so many persons across the world who need your gift. Thank you for saying yes to The Gift

  16. Jul 8, 2011
    11:32 am


    Having heard you speak at our Revelation Conference, I am looking forward to seeing the movie. I absolutely love the power and passion of your “voice” and know that you might as well just take that curtain you hid behind down and toss it. Love you

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