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Ann Haney: Stirring purpose, direction in life

Ann Haney • Updated Apr 24, 2016 at 8:00 AM

How can we know that our gifts will bring about success?

“A man’s gift makes room for him and brings him before great men,” Proverbs 18:16.

We can clearly see the above scripture demonstrated in the life of Abigail in 1 Samuel 25. Here, Abigail’s selfish husband refuses to give to David and his men. Abigail, realizing that her wicked husband has brought about evil upon her household, gathers a gift and takes it to David asking that he disregard Nabal’s foolishness. 

Abigail says, “And now this gift, which your handmaid has brought my lord, let it be given to the young men who follow my lord.” 

You see, Abigail understood that a gift possessed was to be given in love to the benefit of others. If this gift had remained in the hands of Nabal, destruction would have come to the household. Instead, we see that a gift used for the purpose of others brings success to the household. How long will we keep our gifts under roof and hinder the success of our households? 

Let me assure you when God gives us a gift, He never takes it back. Chances are you have dormant gifts in your life that God wants to awaken to change your circumstances.

“For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call,]” Romans 11:29.

What gifts do you possess that are not being used to transform your life and the lives of others? 

Let me just throw out a few examples to help you start discovering how the gifts of God can change lives, including your own:

The gift of encouragement:

• Speak words of encouragement to others.

• Write your words of hope in a daily journal.

• Publish your journal.

• Sell your journal.

• Success. “She sees that her gain from work (with and for God) is good,” Proverbs 31:18.

The gift of sewing:

• Bless family, friends and needy with handmade gifts for money saving and business building.

• Open an online or physical store to offer your gifts.

• Success. “She makes fine linen garments and leads others to buy them…” Proverbs 31:24. She is a marketer.

The gift of organization:

• Organize your household and give your friends and family tips on organizing theirs.

• Open a business that advises and trains others on successful organization skills to help their business or household run smoothly.

• Write a book on organization and market it.

• Success. “She rises while it is yet night and gets food for her household and assigns her maids their tasks,” Proverbs 31:15.

No matter what your gift, use it to be a ministry of God’s word to encourage the life of the receiver spiritually. All businesses growing out of your gifts must be built on the foundation of God’s word to be successful.

Notice the first and key ingredient to each of these gifts – point a “give your gift to others.” This is the love flowing out of your gift. Once you set your gift to flow out in love for others God will begin to make your gift successful in your own life. Remember we are to prefer others above ourselves. 

Ann Haney is homeschool mother of 18-plus years to six children, including five entrepreneurs, ordained minister, CEO of Aaron Publishing, founder of Ann Haney Ministries and Living In Abundance, nationwide motivational speaker, coupon specialist, television host, empowerment coach and bestselling author of 18 published products, including her books, “Exploding Into Successful Entrepreneurship,” “Single Steps In A Married World” and “Changing Your Life Through Couponing Financial Empowerment Series.” Contact Ann at ann@annhaney.com to schedule a speaking engagement, individual coaching or view her website for more information at annhaney.com.

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