Guarding is always related to protecting, shielding or watching over those who are vulnerable. I guess if the world is the same with no differences whatsoever there was no need of guarding.
Different groups of people look at guarding from different angles of life. Guarding your heart is most taught in religion, whilst guarding the vulnerable is a subject of social responsibility. Of course, life is a gift that is fragile and need to be cared for. Talking about life as a gift, gifts do come in different shapes and forms.
Gifts occupy a vital place in our social life. Gifts are tokens that build relations with other people. People exchange gifts to express the love they have for each other. It’s a tradition that people practice expressing their inner goodness and sincerity. Well in most cases!
Whilst gifts represent two main things. One to express love and appreciation of one another, they also represent the creation of ourselves because they must be part of who we are. Now this gives another shade of light of another gift that we all have, and this type of a gift cannot be given to people by people. It’s a type of a gift that cannot be abused by a giver who may give a gift in order to win favour, or a form of bribery. This gift is inborn.
People should be taught how to guard their gifts because the gift is the only thing that will justify their being and stand out from the crowd.
The importance of guarding our gifts is because we can only develop that which is stable and protected. We ought to care a little more about our gifts in order to development them.
Why we must develop our gifts?
Some of the reasons why it is important to develop your gifts is because you are the driver. It’s worth remembering that you are the instigator of change and making sure you are moving forward.
Also, we develop our gifts so that we can highlight our gifts or talents. If you know you have a gift, but it is rather unproven. Invest your spare time in developing your gift by looking at the big picture and see what relevant ventures out there which strike the cord of your passion and develop your knowledge, skill and broaden your understanding. Thereafter, the rest will be a story.
Another one of many reasons we develop our gifts is because we like to reap the rewards. We really can’t lose when developing ourselves, improving the skill set and gaining a range of insights into our own capabilities and character. So, the whole process is a reward by itself.
In terms of guarding our gifts, I would loosely consider them in two groups. The two groups are ‘’Less Challenging Gifts and ‘’More Challenging Gifts’’.
The ‘less challenging gifts’ are gifts relating to a specific task. More often these gifts are knowledge based. So, I call them ‘less challenging gifts’ because the gift itself is easy to master effectively. What makes it easier is the fact that the gift is there to serve you more than it serves others. So, you are the main beneficiary, such as proficiency in a subject, technical skills etc
The ‘more challenging gifts’ are gifts relating to people at large. Most often they are problem-solving based. So, I call them ‘more challenging gifts’ because the gift itself is not easy to master and get results without facing huddles. What makes it difficult is the fact that the gift is there to serve others more than it serve you. So, your ideas, goodwill, effort, hard-work can be thrown out through the window by people if they don’t value what you want to offer. Sometimes it doesn’t mean that you are wrong, at the same time it doesn’t mean that they are wrong – it could be that you are doing the right things to people with different values and different business strategies. Usually gifts such as research, leadership etc fall to this category.
One little controversial but essential tip to guard these ‘more challenging gifts’ successfully is knowing how to carry your gift in the midst of your adversaries. And knowing that it is impossible to guard this category of gifts without being quoted boastful, arrogant, snob and the like. So, find people who will help you polish your gift, nonetheless have insight.
Things to note when guarding our gifts is that, like any other security system you are dealing with the ‘frontier’ or ‘border’, in the sense that there is extreme limit of understanding or achievement in a particular area of your gift.
How you enforce the security of your gift and its borders can be daunting? This is something that doesn’t require the national border guard agencies to perform rescue service duties.
The help of external links is limited to function effectively because, most often it the people with the same gift who walked the walk and understand you, who are able to help you staying safe from an understanding point of view. Other than that, the rest are there to mistake, misunderstand, misinterpret, misread, misapprehend, misjudge and more mis’s going on like a trend – only God knows how far is the going. In some cases, you have to keep explaining yourself – you are blessed if you find someone who understand you before you explain.
Whether it is ‘frontier’ or ‘border’, these are some types of tasks you have to keep watch as a border guard.
For example, controlling and guarding your gift’s borders. Preventing illegal crossings of persons and other goods – in this case if the gift is from God (especially spiritual gifts), then people who worship other gods, although they can benefit from your gift (depending on the situation), they cannot help you in preserving the gift. This also applies to other natural gifts. Because as people we tend to value what we believe in. If you want to know how effectively and freely you can explore your gift check the values of the people or place. You see, analysts will overlook a sportsperson than an architect.
Another example of guarding your gift is having a systematic observation of the state gift space, from environment, with the purpose of detecting, alerting and reporting for maintenance and conservation of the gift. It’s all about guarding so to develop.
‘’Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.’’ – James 1:17.