Even though your special gifts are God-given, it doesn't mean that they're free. Doing the right thing, following the call, and stepping out in faith all come with a price.
Lord knows I've lost friends, had family relationships severed, had my reputation smeared, been made fun of, etc. all because I followed the Divine Guidance asking me to do a particular thing in a particular situation.
It doesn't help that I'm not a "specialist". Truthfully, I think I'm part of the Universe's cleanup crew. When someone else is supposed to step up and step out to help, as an intervention, as the aid someone so desperately needs AND THEY DON'T, I think I get called in to pick up the pieces and help as best as I can.
So I make mistakes. I don't have repetitive situations so that I can hone my skills. I have to rely on my instinct, my instructions, my wit and my "feeling out" the situation to see what's needed.
I don't always get it 100% right, but I usually get it right enough that the recipients see God's hand through my interference.
Luckily, I know who I am in God. I know what he's called me to do. I forge ahead knowing that my payday will come, but I may have to pay the debt owed by another.
Can you relate? I'd love to hear your thoughts about doing what's right...at any cost.