Genesis 4:7- If though doest well, will thou not be excepted?
We live in a world full of comparisons. We compare everything and everyone. We compare rich people against poor people. If I don’t have as much money as someone else, then we are not good enough.
“We compare careers, my title is bigger than your title so, I am superior to you”. We compare the style of dress. Designer clothes, designer handbags compared to no-name brands, cost a whole lot less. We compare neighborhoods, culture, education, style, housing, cars, skin color, and my favorite, EACH OTHER!
“It is like hateration on steroids! “ You know, they have a name for this type of behavior, and it's not being a hater. According to research, It’s called Social comparison bias!
Social comparison bias can be defined as having feelings of dislike and competitiveness”. More like one doesn’t measure up to their peers, thinking that someone else is physically and mentally better than oneself.
In my opinion, it equates to what we believe in what it means to be gifted.
Where one might suggest that gifted children are much more advanced in capabilities, talent, having a highly developed curiosity, a heightened sense of awareness, and creative problem solving more so than other children in their age group.
According to the National Association for Gifted Children, each state has its own definition of what it means to be a gifted child.
For instance, in North Carolina, Academically or intellectually gifted students” exhibit high performance capability in intellectual areas, specific academic fields, or in both intellectual areas and specific academic fields. Academically or intellectually gifted students require differentiated educational services beyond those ordinarily provided by the regular educational program.
In Ohio, “Gifted” means students who perform or show potential for performing at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of their age, experience or environment.
It’s amazing how that works. How a group of people in each state sit in a room and decide what it means to be a gifted child.
To the people who make these decisions, Are they gifted? And who gifted the people who gifted them? Were they gifted also? Or maybe everybody was gifted.
I thought since God created all of us, even though some people might beg to differ and I respect that. Within that creation, he gave us all gifts and talents. Every single person on this planet has been given a gift or talent when they were created by God. In all honesty, there are some people who are blessed with a natural ability to be able to do things without ever being taught, or having to study. Their gifts come to them naturally. Then there are people who enjoy doing something that relaxes them and the more they do it the better they get. They are also gifted.
Like writing, for instance, there are a lot of people who write on this platform, who 5 years ago never thought they would be writing on a platform called Medium and being very good at it. The point is, this should be considered a gift.
Genesis 4:7- If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted?
Whatever you do and you turn out to be very good at it, you are gifted! Some people tap into their gifts and talents after going through many different avenues. There are people who go through many different avenues and excel in all of them. People are gifted in the fact that they worked very hard for what they have. Very hard? “Gifted!”
Determination is a gift, never giving up is a gift, believing in oneself is a gift. To use the word gifted and not include determination, never giving up, and not believing in oneself is so sad.
To go through life and not to want to discover your God-given abilities is one thing. That is your choice.
But, to have people think you have to have some sort of super ability to be considered gifted is a shame!
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows”. James1:17