Thursday, August 20, 2009

Use Your Talent!

Have you said this or heard this before -- I'm not talented . . . or . . . I don't have any talent? I used to say that about myself. However, when I became a follower of Jesus, I soon learned that our Creator instilled within each of us a unique talent, a gift, which He wants us to use for His Glory. Uhmmm, using our talent for His purposes -- makes you stop and think doesn't it! Before I came to this realization, I was busy using the talents, I thought I didn't have, for my own benefit. During the early years of marriage, we lived on a limited budget, so I became a do-it-yourselfer. I sewed curtains, drapes, and pillows. I took up ceramics so that I could make pretty little decorative items for our home. And then I turned to oil painting solely for the purpose of having pictures to hang on the walls. I sewed some of my own clothes, and made baby clothes, and even made diapers. Wow, can you even imagine such a thing as making diapers in today's world! Looking back, I believe that God was allowing me time to develop my talents so that they would be ready for His use in His time. Once I placed my talents in God's hands to be used as He chose, He gave me many opportunities to use them and serve Him in various church and personal ministries. I feel very blessed when God sends someone to me with a request to create something.

There's no such thing as a person without talent. We each have at least one talent that has blossomed or is waiting to be developed. Are you a good listener? Do people enjoy visiting your home? Do you like helping others in various ways? Are you a good team player? Do you like to cook and feed others? Are you happy working in the background and not receiving acknowledgment? Don't you see, there is no big or little talent in God's eyes -- they're all the same to Him. It is not the kind of talent that we have that is important, it's what we do with it that counts. God is looking for faithful one-talented servants. "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much." Luke 16:10

I pray that you will use all your talents for God's glory and to do it God's way. Annie