Creativity: Name Your Gift



The LORD spoke to Moses: See, I have called by name Bezalel son of Uri son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: and I have filled him with divine spirit, with ability, intelligence, and knowledge in every kind of craft, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carving wood, in every kind of craft. Moreover, I have appointed with him Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and I have given skill to all the skillful, so that they may make all that I have commanded you.

—Exodus 31:1–6


Part of our formation as spiritual people involves the gifts God has placed within each of us. 


What are your gifts? Are you an artist? Good with money? An expert organizer? A personality that attracts young people into stimulating conversations? A person who has a strong but gentle way with children? The ability to teach or instruct? A knack for solving problems?


Name one gift that you recognize in yourself and bring it to God in your prayer or meditation.


God, I recognize this gift in myself: help me nurture and use it well.


from “small simple ways: an Ignatian daybook for healthy spiritual living” by Vinita Hampton Wright, Loyola Press