Have you ever felt like you’re good at a lot of different things?
Sometimes it may feel like you’re interested in too many things. You have probably heard this saying: “A jack of all trades is a master of none …”
But many people don’t realize that there is a second part to that saying: “… but often times better than a master of one.”
I like to call people who can wear a lot of hats, or do a lot of different things well, Swiss Army knives.
Having a lot of tools in your toolkit can sometimes feel overwhelming, but it’s not a weakness — it’s a strength!
Here’s why being a Swiss Army knife doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
Learn to focus on a few interests at a time
So, you’ve always dreamed of writing a book because you’re a great writer, but you’re also wonderful with computers. Or maybe you wanted to go into the medical field, but you also thought you’d make an awesome schoolteacher.
If you feel like your interests are pulling you in several different directions, here is an important realization:
Just because you need to be able to focus on a few things at a time, doesn’t mean you’re giving up all your other passions forever!
Swiss Army knives have the capacity to do many different things. but usually only one tool can be used at a time.
Try to decide what projects to focus on now and which are for later.
“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you,” Proverbs 4:25 NIV.
Start looking for the intersections
You may have learned in school that the primary colors of the color wheel are red, blue and yellow.
e know there are many more colors in the rainbow, but these primary colors help us get all the others.
It’s at the intersections of the primary colors that we begin to see different ones. For example, red and blue mixed together make purple, while yellow and blue make green, etc.
In the same way, what happens when you cross your interest in travel with writing? Maybe it’s a travel blog!
When you mix your love of software development with your passion for art and design … perhaps you get a new app!
When you are good at a lot of different things, those interests can overlap and create something entirely new.
Once you allow your variety of interests to intersect, that’s often when the creative, new ideas start to form.
Your gift(s) will make room for you
You may feel like the world isn’t made for someone like you, someone who is good at multiple things. But your gift(s) will pave the path for you.
This means your giftings create the space for you, instead of you trying to fit into an available space that doesn’t fit!
“A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great,” Proverbs 18:16 NIV.
Start thinking bigger
When you’re interested in multiple things, you can feel pressured from outside influences to choose just one. To a Swiss Army knife, this can feel like looking out of the wrong end of the binoculars!
But God wants to bless you with more than you can imagine.
You can trust that He knows how He made you and wants you to walk in the fullness of the gifts He’s given you!
It’s time to view your life without limitations!
~ Doug Addison
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Doug Addisonis a prominent conference speaker captivating audiences with clean stand-up comedy and high energy prophetic messages, also shared on TV, radio and the Internet for over a decade. He brings laughter, fun and a unique prophetic style while empowering people to transform their lives, discover their destiny and understand dreams, tattoos and piercings. His powerful messages stay with his audiences long after hearing him.