“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me.”
Imagine using all of your God-given talent.
What a different world this would be if each of us did just that!
But rather than beat myself up over what time and talent I have wasted in the past, I choose to celebrate what I can do now.
What steps can I take to use the talents God has provided?
What steps can you take?
Write down 3 talents you have.
Now are you using each one of those talents to the best of your ability?
Are they glorifying God?
If not, what one thing can you do to change that?
Each of you as a good manager must use the gift that God has given you to serve others. (1 Peter 4:10 GWT)
So the bottom line is that we are to use our talents to serve others.
Each of us have different gifts and skills that God wants us to use to benefit others…not to benefit ourselves.
For me…I love to write. I love to write this blog.
Am I using this to benefit myself or to benefit others.
I hope the answer is yes and yes.
I don’t think there is anything wrong with me utilizing my gifts in a way I love, but God wants that gift to bring Him glory. Me loving it is just the icing on the cake.
Now, look back at the 3 talents you listed above.
What can you do differently to manage those talents?
December 2013 my husband and I were cleaning out one of our guest closets. Tucked away on one of the shelves was a wrapped Christmas present. The tag said ~ To: Kaily – Love, Nana & Papa.
I could not remember at all what it was but I knew by the brittle paper that this was a gift from years past.
So for fun, we put it under the tree. I explained to Kaily that it was from years ago. When she opened it, the toy was more brittle than the paper…we threw it away.
And…it wasn’t all that fun…we were all disappointed by “gift” and the lost opportunity.
Have we done the same thing with the unopened gifts God has given us? Have we wasted them away like a gift card that loses its value?
God placed you here for a purpose.
Most of us will not be a Ruth Graham Lotz or her Father, Billy Graham. But you can be the YOU God designed you to be…to serve others, thus serving Him.