The Sword and the Slingshot

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“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.”
– 1 Corinthians 12:4-6

The Sword and the Slingshot

David was given a King’s sword.

I’m sure it was the most expensive in the land.

I bet it was made of the finest materials money could buy, made by the best craftsman in the entire country.

Yet when David held it in his hand, his heart knew it wasn’t going to fulfill his dream. It may have been the best weapon in the land, but it wasn’t the best weapon for him.

Because he knew that his core gift wasn’t to wield a sword, but to fling a slingshot.

How did he know?

Many times, he was able to kill bears and lions with targeted stones speeding at killer velocities.

Friend, let me ask you: What is your slingshot?

The only way you can defeat your Goliath is to stick to your core gift. The more you know your core gift, the more successful you become. The less you know what your core gift is, the less successful you will be. Find your core gift, use it and you will bless the world.

Here’s how you’ll know your core gift.

First, check out your trail of blessings. David looked back and saw that God blessed him whenever he used the slingshot. He enjoyed much success when he used it.

Second, follow your passion. The happiest people I know are those who have discovered their passion — and work within the circle of their passion.

Third, match your core gift with your market. It’s not enough to know your core gift. You need to know how your core gift can meet a felt need in your target market.

In creating your product, you still have to check what your customers want. In other words, your product must be market driven.

Friend, don’t use a slingshot when you’re supposed to use a sword. And don’t use a sword when you’re supposed to use a slingshot.

Find your core gift.

Then bless the world with it.

Excerpt taken from How to Conquer Your Goliaths: 7 Keys to Overcome Every Problem That Prevents You From Reaching Your Dreams

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