Each day we go about our business of going to work, taking care of the family, spending time with friends and just doing what needs to be done. For some this might not be the case and their pursuits might be considered wrong or wasteful. So with that being said I would offer that all the examples listed may not be using gifts they didn’t even know they had.
In the book of Ephesians starting in Chapter 4 Paul addresses the topic of “Gifts”. Starting with those of us who identify ourselves as Christian we are actually given guidance and directives towards our time here on earth as being used to seek out, grow and maintain our given gifts all for the glory of God. The path is through prayer, discernment and pursuits equal to that of one that is mature. We are instructed to put away childish games and to start acting out God’s will in accordance with the commission left by Jesus Christ.
Christians are also instructed to no longer pursue the things of the past life in sin that were once the focal point in our lives. Basically Paul almost goes backward in his approach to explaining the role of gifts in our lives, but it does make sense. His audience is more than likely Christian or new believers in Christ and his instructions are basically designed to give them hope for the idea of having gifts, but he is also clear that not everyone will have the same gifts and that we should accept the one we do get and make the most of it.
So if we take the time to read Ephesians I think each of us no matter where we are in life we can probably find within our daily grind that we have gifts that we might even wish that we could use more or have never used at all. Whatever the situation the object is to use them for the sole purpose of glorifying God. Considering what He did for us it seems to this blogger that what we can offer is but a small price to pay.
Remember this; if someone smiles at you, offers you a “Good Morning” or just a helping hand they might be working on their gift.