Language of Blessing by Joseph Cavanaugh III.
Joe is a good friend of ours and he agreed to come to our May meeting and
share concepts from the book and field questions.
It was such a rich time.
Being around Joe is so stimulating for many reasons, but mostly because
you get to observe someone in the “bullseye” of their gifting and passion. And, that is what he writes about in
his book. To identify your gifts and passion and begin to flow in them is his mantra.
In his introduction he states, “I want to convince you that what you
have to offer is so rare that it has never been given before and it will never
be given again. Your gift is meant to be used for the benefit of others----and to give you great joy whenever you
use it to help someone else.”
He shares the idea that many of us minimize our talents and many
of the voices in our lives tend to do the same. The Language of Blessing is how we can
release others into their God given gifts and see them flourish as they were meant to.
Joe shares many examples of individuals who were stuck in a “cycle of
false identity”. They did not know
who they were created to be and were either stuck in neutral or losing ground in
life. He states, “People who develop their unique gifts appear to go through dramatic changes, but in
reality, they are just becoming more of what they actually are.”
In his final chapter Joe states, “Our talents and strengths were given
to us not primarily for our own benefit but for the benefit of others. When we understand that, we receive the
incomparable great joy of offering all our gifts to others, knowing that we are
unique and unrepeatable, that we exist for a reason.”
I highly recommend reading this book for yourself.
It will inspire and challenge you in a wonderful way.