Monday, June 22, 2009

Understanding my gifting just a little bit more

The Resurgence blog has been doing a series on spiritual gifts over the last couple of months. The gift highlighted on June 10 was the gift of administration. They defined it this way:
"The gift of administration is the God-given ability to give direction and make decisions on behalf of others that result in efficient operation and accomplishment of goals. Administration includes the ability to organize people, things, information, finances, etc. Often the mark of an administrator is the ability to accomplish things in a "fitting and orderly way" (1 Corinthians 14:40)."
I've known for a while that I enjoy doing this kind of thing. I think only until recently have I understood that it is truly a gift and is beneficial to the body of Christ. In the past, I've looked at the list of spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12 and for some reason elevated gifts like teaching and others as more spiritual or something. Organizing just didn't seem all that important compared to healing, miracle-working, and prophecy.

I lost my job at the bank back in March. For about ten weeks I was jobless and during that time was really trying to figure out what I'm passionate about and what I'm gifted at. As I began to see my love for, and gifting in, administration, I also began to see a host of people who were terrible at it, yet a large part of their job required them to do it. I began to see how I loved administration even more as it fit with these people who didn't like it at all. I saw how working together could free them up to be more successful and do what they love and are gifted at.

Three weeks ago, I was hired by the owner of a couple hardwood flooring companies for this very fit. My job is to make him more successful by getting all the details off his plate, because he's visionary and really hates the details. And I love what I'm doing!

I am very glad God has finally given me the ability to appreciate a little bit more how he has wired me. And I am very thankful that He has provided me an opportunity to serve someone by doing what I love. I hope this encourages you to appreciate the gift of God in you, whatever it might be, however unhelpful you THINK it might be.


  1. Glad you like it!

  2. Good stuff Wilhite. Glad you found a job and that it fits so well with your gifting!