Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with who there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17 NASB
One of the spiritual gifts imparted by the Holy Spirit is the gift of discernment. So, I suppose that’s one way it manifests itself: through HSPs. But I would like to know how some of the other aspects of HSP can be used to God’s glory, and not as personal torture devices. Am I the only one who sees certain traits as tortuous?
From where I stand right now, I’m failing to see a lot of this as anything other than that. I’m just sayin’….
Getting all worked up and not being able to settle down – even when I know perfectly well that there’s nothing to be worked up about? Crying at the drop of a pin? Feeling like I need to retreat every 20 minutes, in order to recalibrate? It’s like the birthday gift where several boxes and a lot of tissue are nested inside of each other. The gift is way down inside in a teeny-tiny box. “I know that gift’s in there somewhere!!! I just haven’t dug deep enough yet.”
Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh,a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me.9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions,in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:7-9 NASB
Ah, ok. Well, I guess God just answered my question. I just wanted to include the “I pleaded with the Lord…sufficient grace…” but when I looked up the passage and read it all, I was convicted with the answer to what I had said before. Maybe this will be my thorn. But Lord, please don’t render me unable to cope with life, because of this! Being on edge and wanting to cry a lot of the time is not conducive to functioning well in society, I’d say.
In what ways have you seen your highly sensitive personality as a gift and/or burden?