Phillis Wheatley may be an unfamiliar name to you. Though, to anyone living in the 18th century, she was known as “the most famous African on the face of the earth.” Wheatley became the first published African American poet, and according to the famous, French writer, Voltaire, she ‘proved that black people could write poetry.’

She knew no shortage of hardship, having been snatched from her homeland to find herself hoisted upon the slave auction blocks of Boston, Ma. Yet amidst it all, she overcame great odds and demonstrated tremendous faith in her Savior, Christ Jesus. Wheatley became the first African American to publish a book and to make a living from her writing. And she did so for the glory of God.

So, what are the primary gifts and talents you have been given? Poetry, cooking, teaching, serving, coaching, songwriting, athleticism? Crafting our personal rule of life is discerned and framed through the discovery of our unique gifts, talents, and temperaments. We encourage you to begin taking time to assess and ponder your gifts. What do you love to do? What gives you life? What good things do others affirm in you? These are among the questions that will help you begin discerning the unique path that God would have you walk. And they will assist you in discovering the true, unique you.

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