Predestination vs. Free Will
"For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands."1
Somebody said, "The difference between predestination and free will is: "Predestination is the hand you were dealt; free will is what you do with that hand." Good point.
While we weren't responsible for, nor did we have any choice in what gifts and abilities we were born with, we are totally responsible for what we do about discovering and developing these gifts and talents and for how we use them.
Furthermore, regardless of our background, which I acknowledge has a profound effect on us, with God's help and the support of encouraging friends, we can refuse to allow our past to determine our future and we can overcome much of our past, develop our talents, and become the person God wants us to be and do what we believe He wants us to do with our life.
It all boils down to choice. Either by conscious choice or by default we all choose what we want to become and do what we choose to do. As another has said, "Everyone is self-made, even if the rich are the only ones who will admit it."
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, please help me to discover what my gifts and talents are—both spiritual and natural—and develop them, and find a productive way to use them for the benefit of others and for your glory. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. 2 Timothy 1:6 (NASB).