As I was wiping down the counter after breakfast this morning, I saw a gnat in the path of the washcloth. Imagine my surprise when it did not fly away from the oncoming destructive force. “Why would the gnat not use the miraculous ability of flight to preserve its life?” I wondered.
Then my mind caught hold on the analogy for us. In Matthew 25:14-30 we read the parable of the talents, which I will summarize here. The Lord gave one servant 5 talents, which the servant then doubled and the Lord was happy with his effort. To another, the Lord gave 2 talents, which were also doubled. However, the third servant, who received one talent, burried it rather than working to increase what he had. That servant was chastised for his slothfulness.
Are we squandering our talents?
Keep in mind, talents could refer to money or our abilities. Imagine a talent show where people display their musical, athletic, or acting gifts. Other talents are not as easily portrayed, such as the ability to make friends, to solve riddles, to calm troubled relationships, to readily serve those in need, to share joy where smiles abound, and to forgive every offense.
Today, will you write a list of your talents so that you can enjoy the blessings that come from utilitizing what you have been given?
A few of my talents include learning, teaching, serving, and healing. I share this not to boast but to offer my assistance to you so that you may feel better. Find me on Facebook, comment below, or send an email to [email protected] so we can connect for the benefit of you and your family.