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Connecting Pablo Picasso to Generosity

Written by Dynamis Ministries

If you’re like most people, when you hear “Picasso” you probably think of a famous painting like the one above. For some who are more familiar with the person, you may think of Picasso himself an eccentric artist. Fewer of us would think of Picasso as a philosopher. Pablo Picasso is in fact one of the world’s most influential artists and has inspired countless people through his work, and he was also quite contemplative when it came to the deeper questions of life. Although Picasso lived his life as an avowed atheist, his thoughts show that perhaps he was much closer to the Kingdom of God than he ever realized. One such example is what he said about the meaning and purpose of life:


“The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”


For a Christian, our meaning and purpose of life is connected to much more. We affirm the purpose of life is to let God love us and to live in a way that brings glory to Him. However, there is a valuable lesson in Picasso’s philosophical quote. In fact, what Picasso said is not too far off from what the Apostle Peter said in one of his letters. Check out his words:


“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” (1 Peter 4:10)


Each of us have been given gifts from God through the Holy Spirit. In the Bible these are called spiritual gifts, and we’re to use them to serve one another. In other words, spiritual gifts are meant for generosity – for helping others! A big part of living out our greatest generosity is tapping into our spiritual gifts. The Bible reveals the types of spiritual gifts God bestows on his people, and here’s one type of master list:

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From this list, we each typically carry a top 3-5 gifts that we have been uniquely blessed with for serving others. Developing our spiritual gifts is a big part of growing our generosity potential because they can guide us in areas where we can serve others in impactful ways. What better time to reassess how we’re using our gifts than right now, as 2023 is upon us? The new year is so often associated with goal setting and resolutions, so let’s make sure we spend some time reflecting on how we’ve been developing and using our spiritual gifts.


What are some of the spiritual gifts God has given you? Are there fresh ways to use your gifts to serve others? If you want some guidance, consider doing a Dynamis Generosity Plan in 2023 as this is a big part of the coaching process. Not only does the Generosity Plan reveal your gifts, but it draws out how they can be used with new and exciting ideas. To begin this process, sign up for an introductory call with our Generosity Coach, Ben Berg, by clicking the icon below. In doing so you’ll be growing your generosity and living out your purpose in impactful ways in the year to come!

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