“So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” – I Corinthians 10:31.
I am sure you have heard someone say at one point or another, “She has a God-given talent or His amazing ability for this or that is definitely a gift from God.” Do you ever watch those who speak in front of crowds or perform without fear and wonder how they stand before all those people without falling over? Have you ever watched a preschool teacher herd a line of three and four-year old children from one activity to another with a continuous smile and wonder how they do it? Have you ever tasted food so delicious but no matter how many times you try the recipe yourself, you can’t replicate the same savory flavor?
Everyone has their own special gifts and talents given to them by God. Some recognize their gifts early on and others may need a little encouragement to bring those talents to the surface. The challenge is to use the gifts given to you BY God FOR God.
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”- I Peter 4:10.
Trying to figure out what your talent is might be tough. Once you finally know what it is, trying to figure out how to use it to serve and glorify God may be even tougher.
If you are a great handy man, put the word out that you could help those unable to repair their own sink, paint their own porch or fix their own roof.
If you prefer to work outdoors, offer to help those unable to mow their own yard, rake their own leaves or shovel their own sidewalk.
If you are an amazing domestic engineer, help another with their laundry, spring cleaning or prepare a meal for someone who just had surgery, lost a loved one or is ill.
If you are a good reader and have a passion for storytelling, volunteer to read to the elderly in a nursing home or to sick children in the hospital.
Still trying to discover what your given talent is? You can still use the God-given gift of time to glorify him. Take a couple extra minutes to chat with the friendly old man in the grocery store, offer to babysit for a struggling parent at no charge, volunteer at a shelter, give a little something extra to a charity when the opportunity arises….the list can go on and on. Each day God gives you 1,440 minutes. Try to give a few back by using your talents, gifts and abilities to help and serve those around you.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10
Embrace the talents given to you. Utilize your gift to its full potential and do not try to imitate a gift given to someone else. Do not be envious of another’s talents and overlook your own.
“Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else,” – Galatians 6:4
I have thought about my own gifts and talents and feel that I fall short in the obvious ‘ta-da, here is your God-given talent’ department. My talents are more the mysterious behind-the-scene kind of things. Things that people expect to be done but really never know how it gets done. For example, my over analytic, slightly OCD mind comes up with big ideas for various things often at unsolicited times. I can be driving down the road on the way to work having my normal morning conversation with the big guy and out of no where I get that face-palming moment where all the glorious details for a most excellent youth group fundraiser comes to mind. I could be in the most splendid of slumbers when I wake up suddenly and think about the next great thing to improve sales at my place of employment or be in the middle of a staff meeting when a song for the next award-winning baton routine flashes like headline news.
I used to have a deep longing to sing. I would practice all these profound Godly songs with hopes that I would find the courage to perform them at church. However, God gave me an unbelievable case of stage fright so I had to push past what I wanted my talent to be and learn to love the gift God gave me. I have finally come to realize that one of my God-given gifts is organizing, planning and developing things that God has given me a passion for. I have an innate desire to be thorough on projects I am responsible for and I like to try things in new ways and bring excitement and growth. I have come to appreciate this talent and try my best to use these gifts to glorify the one who gave them.
**This blog is based on my own personal research, thoughts and opinions. If your opinions differ than mine then we can agree to disagree, no negative comments needed. If you appreciate the message in anyway, then please feel free to comment, like, and share with others. **