In order to exercise the gifts that we have been given by our Lord we must begin by humbling ourselves before Him and acknowledge what these gifts are. It is important to recognize faith itself as a gift to us.
We can often be inclined to seek that which we do not have by keeping our eyes fixed on what we are without instead of drawing inward to see what we already are that has yet to be expressed and developed into to the fullness of potential.
Our individuality and the diversity of gifts given to us by our Lord can enable us to build a strong and effective community of laborers for Christ. By being who we have been called to be and by taking the time to be this well we can allow for the grace we have been given to bear proper fruit. Our diversity creates a beautiful unity by consistently turning to our Lord so that we may each become who He intended us to be.
St. Catherine of Siena encourages us by saying "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire." She reminds us about the importance of living our lives in accordance to God's will for us. To know God's will and to know what it is that moves us at our core we must take time with our Lord in prayer; sitting before Him and keeping our hearts and minds open to hearing His voice.
Our gifts should not be those that we boast about or use as a means of putting down others. We are to show gratitude for our graces by honoring even the least that has been given to us. Let us take time in prayer and in the silence of reflection before our Lord to see where it is we are called to serve. Let us pray for the courage to use our gifts according to God's will and in this manner exercise them fruitfully. (CC)