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    THE DANGER OF BEING GIFTED! - By Kobina Ansah

    A gift in your hands is like owning a piece of jewelry. Being talented
    is like having a gem. Many may get attracted to it though you may
    mistakenly misinterpret as attraction to you. Many may flock after you
    because of what is in your hands. If the jewelry changes hands, they
    will change their following!
    Sometimes, the most gifted people are exposed to the worst of dangers.
    Many people walk into their lives chasing after what is in their
    hands… not that which is in their hearts. Many a times, others cash in
    on their influence. They hang around them because of their fame. They
    feign smiles just to get what they want.

    That gift that may make you wanted is the same gift that may leave you
    shattered. The talent that makes you feel pampered is that same
    possession that may always leave you lonely. When you tend to get all
    the attention because of your amazing skills, don't get all excited.
    The attention may only last as long as those skills last.

    Gifts, like every possession, attract friends; both good and bad ones.
    Your gifts will particularly attract sycophants. Our talents
    oftentimes attract others who especially badly need us only as long as
    we have those talents. Watch out!
    Like a magnet, talent attracts all manner of people. It is at this
    point that one should be utterly careful who they entrust what to. Not
    everyone who walks into our lives should stay. Others should just pass
    through. A fan should not necessarily be a friend!
    Sometimes, though our gifts may seem to glow, we don't grow any much
    because of the characters we have kept around us. We have given
    permanent accommodation to people who should have stayed just
    temporarily. Your talent will always attract all sorts of characters
    but not all of them are meant to stay. Sieve them!
    It is sometimes, if not oftentimes, a danger to be gifted. Gift zone
    is danger zone. One has to be on the lookout when they get all the
    attention shone on their gifts. You are not your gift and your gift is
    not you. Who you are is you character. What you have is your gift!

    When we have people praising our gifts to the heavens, we ought to
    resist the urge of being swollen-headed. A man's weakest point is when
    he measures his self-worth according to what others think about him.
    Back in class three, I had a friend. He was the tallest in class;
    somewhat the most famous, too. Guess what. He always had a dirty shirt
    because he was almost always responsible for cleaning the blackboard.
    His height which was supposed to be an advantage was now his
    disadvantage!
    As if that was not enough, he was in charge of anything the short ones
    were excused from. Though all the beautiful girls fawned over him, it
    was just because he could use his height to protect them!
    Sometimes, your advantage can be your biggest disadvantage. Your gift
    can be your ugliest nightmare. Thing is, many people may fall in love
    with your gifts… but not you. Many suitors may fall in love with what
    you have… but not who you are. Little wonder many celebrity marriages
    are as short lasting as Chinese products!

    The danger of being gifted is that you will attract masses who may
    only walk in to have a piece of your gift. They will want to reap from
    your influence. They will make money off it. They will give you all
    the attention because your gift is getting all the attention, too. As
    soon as that gift ceases to shine like before, they disappear to chase
    after their next victim.
    You may be as strong as Samson but may only attract Delilahs who only
    want you for what you have. You may be multi-gifted as David but your
    friends around may only be who they are because of the privileges that
    come with being associated with you.
    Every gift can be a danger. Isn't it an irony that gifted people who
    are supposed to find true love easily instead barely find it? Isn't it
    ironical that those who are supposed to have the largest following
    sometimes feel depressed and lonely? The supposed true love turns ugly
    when all the public attention is gone.
    Love others for their personality… not ability. Love them for who they
    are… not what they have. Who they are, they will always be. What they
    have, however, only time will tell. True love pays attention to
    character. Pretense pays attention to gifts.

    Are you gifted? Are you talented? May you never be like my tall friend
    who was only needed when his gifts were needed— tall but always with a
    dirty shirt— all famous but always all lonely.
    May the Lord deliver you from evil; from people who badly need only
    what you have… but not who you are. Flee from others who only accept
    you because of your gifts. Your gifts you may not always have… but
    you'll always be who you are.
    Always know that what you have is not who you are. Cheers!


    WRITTEN BY:
    Kobina Ansah

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    6 comments:

    1. Great one there.. Powerful

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    2. Best Delivery Kobina Ansah๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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    3. This takes us to the Parable of the Talents... If u don't use them it will be taken from u

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    4. I Liked it๐Ÿ˜Š

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