by Kathy Ruff
Oct 24, 1984 changed my life forever. On that day, my friend, Barbara Kay Hoffman, died. She was 25 years old and was killed in a car accident caused by a kid playing chicken on a roadway on a dark, wet evening.
On that day, I realized how fragile and fleeting life could be.
The door to Barb’s life and friendship closed suddenly and violently, creating an endless list of questions I wanted answered about life, purpose, death and everything in between. I was on a quest to find “something more” in life.
Over the past 25 plus years of reflection and searching, I’ve found one answer I would like to share with you. I’ve found that finding and using my spiritual gifts has infused my life with an immense feeling of contentment, peace and value.
Each of us has a number of spiritual gifts but we are all unique. You may have the gift of music, teaching, wisdom or hospitality. Maybe you have a gift of leadership, prayer or craftsmanship. Maybe you’ve got some of each, none of others and more.
I’ve discovered my strong gifts of discernment and writing have lead me onto paths I never imagined, paths that feel natural and give me a sense of fulfillment, peace and purpose.
I’d love if you could share with me what your gifts are. In the future, I’ll blog about how we can use our spiritual gifts to pursue our passions.