"He replied, 'I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away.'"
We all have innate talents. All of us, without exception. We learn what those talents are through trial and error, through trial and success.
And, we usually clue into these when we are young. Our parents send us on the obligatory rounds of music or dance or art lessons. We play little league baseball or football, soccer or basketball. We bring home report cards bearing a teacher's praise for our prowess in math or creative writing.
When we discover, through our many experiences, a passion for a particular activity, chances are we have found our calling. But, it's a collect call. One for which we must pay. With blood, sweat, and tears.
Nothing can be accomplished without it. How many hours we are willing to devote to this each day will decide the final outcome. No matter how much natural talent we have, it will not, cannot, never will flourish without practice.
And, that's what separates the sheep from the goats.
It's intimidating for most of us to hear the admonition: Eight hours of practice a day if you want to succeed.
Eight hours? Really?
That's a whole work day, isn't it? Where am I supposed to find the time?
I need to work. I need to make money. I have a family to support.
Passion on the back burner.
Talent buried, not invested.
Then, God speaks: Use what time you have. Use what I have given you. Use it for my glory!
How can we turn down a request from the Lord? How can we not heed His call?
How can we not make the sacrifice?
After all, what did He not sacrifice for us?
What talent are you hiding? Will you pray to God to help you develop the gifts you have been given?
Let us pray:
We all have talents, Father, ones for which we need to thank You each and every day. Help us to develop them to your honor and glory. May they bless a broken world with the healing power of Your love. Amen.
I am so thankful for the gift of writing.
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