What Is Your Gift? Have You Discovered It?

Your Gift Will Assert Itself, Again and Again
By Sheila R. McKeithen, J.D.

We each are on the planet to share a Gift that heals us as it blesses the world. Much of our dis-satisfaction in life is because we are frustrating our Gift. When we refuse to live from the Gift that is ours to share, we fall prey to depressed thoughts and feelings.

In Discover the Gift, Cherif Aziz is frustrated and doesn’t know if he wants to remain married. Like so many he believes his marriage is the problem when, in fact, he is the problem.

He discovers that he has always wanted to be involved in filmmaking, yet he has not done so. What he realizes is that his refusal to act on his desire to make films is the source of his frustration. It is his frustration that is negatively impacting his marriage.

Once Cherif changes his mind and chooses to join his brother-in-law, Demian Lichtenstein, in filmmaking ventures, his life changes for the better. So does his marriage.

When I heard Cherif’s story, I knew it was my story as well. Perhaps it is your story, too. The good news is this: Stories change and we are the ones who change them by changing ourselves.

There is a Cherif in each of us. We know we are gifted to do a certain thing but we don’t do it. We create excuses why it is not possible, practical and affordable to do so.

Yet, the Gift will not die. It will assert itself again and again as it seeks to capture our attention.

So, what is your Gift? Have you discovered it?

Ask five friends this question: “What do you think I do really well?” Their responses are likely to provide the clues that lead you to the gift that patiently awaits your recognition.

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  1. May 25, 2011
    3:14 pm

    Eva DiShanni

    I love what Rev Sheila says here. I know that my “Gift” is frustrated when I don’t to live from it. It’s so easy to switch it into high gear when I’m fully in my gift. There’s no resistance. It’s like waving traffic in the direction it’s already going only more fun :)

  2. May 25, 2011
    4:58 pm

    Sheila McKeithen


    I agree. As we notice those moments of frustration, we are able to take corrective measures that turn us toward our gift and away from that which is the source of our frustration.

  3. May 26, 2011
    6:19 pm

    Denise Lambie

    I love the above blog by Shelia ….sooo true….Thank you

  4. May 26, 2011
    6:35 pm

    Asmita Rambarran

    So true but to find out what is your true Gift is so hard… Do you think our Gift changes over time? I know (like i know-like i know it) that raising my family was my gift until they all left me. All my 5 friends gave different answers so Im still searching for my Gift(or 5 new friends.)

  5. May 27, 2011
    11:53 am

    Sheila McKeithen

    Yes, Asmita, some gifts recede to the background and others come forth. Think of it like this. When parents attend their child’s wedding, they realize their role with the child has changed. The child now has a mate with whom they may share the intimate things in life. Mom or Dad, is often no longer the one on whom the child relies. It is important that life changes and we make the adjustments because our gifts are just are just as valid at the next stage of life as they are at the former stage of life. I hope this helps.

  6. May 29, 2011
    7:14 pm

    Barbara McGaw

    Way to go Rev Sheila, the words here are in tune with our service today May 29. We need to find our gift and work at living the gift and what we can share with others. Can’t wait to get a copy of the DVD

  7. May 30, 2011
    4:18 pm

    Jean Wilson

    This is definitely ‘speaking into my listening”, Rev. Sheila. I’ve been asking in earnest why I’ve been “stuck” for such a long time – facing all kinds of challenges. Recently it’s been coming to me strongly that it has something to do with burying my talent. I know what my gift is but just as Rev. Sheila says, I keep making excuses why I can’t honour it at this time. She brings home the point clearly to me that as long as I keep neglecting this gift, I will be frustrated, joyless and STUCK. Thankfully, she gives the assurance “that the Gift will not die”. I’m glad that it won’t give up on me. After reading what Rev Sheila says, I’m inspired to honour my Gift by using it, that is to say, sharing it to the max -allowing it to heal me and bless me. Thank you Rev.
    I can’t wait for the movie, the book — and whatever else is coming!!!

  8. Jun 1, 2011
    12:28 pm

    Brian Sharber

    What a wonderful reminder for me to keep the music and art in my life, even while pursuing other goals at the moment and that there are great things in store! Thank you for this!!

  9. Jun 1, 2011
    7:18 pm

    Terri Crook

    Like Sheila I too have hid behind the curtain full of clutter blocking my gift. I look forward to the movie that I’m sure will serve as a “vacuum” for my mind as I continue to declutter. Thanks Sheila and others for this highly anticipated and needed present.

  10. Jun 1, 2011
    9:39 pm

    sheila mckeithen

    As Diana Ross sang years ago, “I’m coming Out.” Out from behind the curtain of “WHATEVER” and into the DANCE of my life! Thanks for dancing with me.

  11. Jun 2, 2011
    4:57 pm

    Suzette Brown

    Thanks Rev. Sheila for sharing that story it has opened my eyes. Perhaps that is what I am experiencing right now. I need to change, step out and stop frustrating myself.

  12. Jun 4, 2011
    2:39 pm

    Sybil McLean

    Still trying to discover my gift. I will be asking friends the question recommended, “what am I good at?”, to help to discover the answer….could be I’m already sharing it with the world.

  13. Jun 5, 2011
    4:10 pm

    SD Gill

    I recently discovered a book, which appeared to have been written precisely about my life and one of the areas in which I’m working on a breakthrough. I was shocked to learn the book had been highly publicised a year ago, through avenues that would normally have brought it to my attention. However, I’m beginning to discover part of the Gift for me, is trusting that the lesson will show up at the exact moment I am ready. The Gift has already been presented; the only question is, “Am I ready to receive it?” I’m so looking forward to this DVD & book, because I know I am ready!

  14. Jun 6, 2011
    1:31 pm

    Louise Brown

    Rev. Sheila, thanks so much for your reassurance. I have been told repeatedly by friends what they see and regard as my Gift.I beieve I have been very slow in truly recognising this Gift which has been overshadowed by doubts and uncertainties.As always, I am grateful for your sharing of your light and wisdom.

  15. Jun 6, 2011
    9:30 pm

    sheila mckeithen

    You are the gift, friends. Let’s not keep this work to ourselves. Please spread the word that “Discover the Gift” is on its way. Tweet, go to the discoverthegift facebook page and click “like”. This is so exciting….

  16. Jun 9, 2011
    8:46 pm

    Selena Hammond-Walters, Jamaica

    I never really thought I had a gift, just knew I was good enough at things to get me by. But thanks to what I’ve learnt from Rev. Sheila (& my sister who’s borderline obsessed with her), I accept that I have a gift, a particular thing that only I can do, no one else…Can’t wait to fully recognize it :) Thx, Rev xo

  17. Jun 13, 2011
    10:28 am

    K E L I

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us Rev. Sheila! I really really needed to hear this at this time. On point! Keep hope alive and keeps us from sinking into the illusion.
    Peace and Love

  18. Aug 12, 2011
    1:02 am

    Roseann Offutt

    I have promised myself that I would share this knowledge and message with all who will listen, and all who would watch the movie at my residence. I have found something that I am passionate about. The gift in all of us…It must be shared, it must.

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