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Use Your Talent

Updated on May 3, 2010

Aren’t these roses beautiful? I would love to take credit for them, but I can’t. The pretty blooms are the result of the hard work and dedication of my mother. If it’s a flower or plant, chances are she can grow it. This gift is one talent she has. I don’t have a green thumb. I have tried numerous times to be like Mom and sow seeds and fertilize and water. I’ve dreamt of large blooms and vibrant green foliage, but only produced thorns and brown leaves. I even destroyed an ivy. Although gardening is a talent my mom possesses, it didn’t trickle down to me.

The Lord gives us talents according to our abilities. My personality is not geared towards gardening. From watching my mother, I know the time it takes to see the fruits of your labor. It requires patience, and that is something my mother has plenty of. I like immediate results. It would be easy to assume that since I came from her, we would share the same talent. Just like it is easy to assume the members of a church share the same talents. Not so. Some have the talent for teaching and lead Bible studies. Some have the talent for praising God with song. And, of course, some have the talent for ministering to others. However, many have talents that do not put them in the forefront. There are those with talents for organizing and cleaning and writing. Grunt work, but talents that are just as important. No talent used to honor God is less than the other. Do not covet another’s abilities. Use the talent given to you to the fullest.

Which makes me think of my mother, who is technologically illiterate. That’s not an insult, just a fact. She is more comfortable in front of a typewriter than a computer monitor. I, on the other hand, am a techie through and through. So while I am not able to grow lovely gardens, I am able to capture photos and place them online to show just how proud I am of the person who is able.

What is your talent?


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      8 years ago

      We all have God-given gifts and talents, personality types and spiritual gifts and we all have a purpose to do God's work. Mine isn't gardening either. Mine is more administrative.


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