What is your talent?
Fear has been keeping me from thriving! Lately my heart has been so heavy with the inroads the government is making on our freedoms in the USA. The recent legislation pushing greater government control in so many different areas is overwhelming and daunting. With the sense of panic I have over these laws and so many other things in this world that are happening and are out of my control, I have stopped focusing on what I do have a sphere of influence over. With this mental milieu, it is no wonder that my brain is not thriving! I have finally realized I can pray for our nation and world, and step in when I can. Other than that, it is in God’s control, not mine.
But I truly believe I have a purpose on this earth, and I don’t think it is to stress out over things I have no control over. God teaches me things when I open my mind. A few weeks ago, I was talking to one of the ladies who has offered to mentor us as we pursue our dream of breeding some dogs. She was mentioning how she had been mentally living in a place of lack, and she remembered the parable in the Bible where the master entrusted some of his servants with various numbers of talents, and told them to keep them and give them back after he came back from a journey.
Two of the servants went out and grew their talents, but the third one buried it in the ground. The ungrateful servant was bitter and angry towards his master instead of feeling blessed to be entrusted with the talent, he wasted his opportunity to be a good steward of what he had. When time came for them to give an accounting to the master of his money, the first two servants had worked hard to double the money and brought the master more wealth. The third one who had buried his money in the ground when it was time to bring it back to the master said, “I knew you to be a hard master, reaping what you did not sow, and so I hid your money. Here it is back.”
The master was angry that the servant had not at least put the money into the bank where it could have earned interest. The master rewarded the first two faithful servants, but the one who was lazy he took away what he had and gave it to the one who had done the best. I can hear the ungrateful servant even now, echoing down through the ages: “It wasn’t my fault! If the master had been a little more clear about what he wanted…If he had told me that he wasn’t going to judge my efforts…If I had gotten 5 talents like the other guy instead of just the one…It was too hard…” Matthew 25:14–30
I have been given an abundance of talents. What have I been doing with them?
Yesterday, I was talking to my doTerra upline. She said,
“YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO GIVE, THAT SOMEONE ELSE HAS BEEN PRAYING FERVENTLY FOR!”
What a paradigm shifting sentence! Maybe that gift is natural healing. Maybe it is being willing to be present and listen even when I am busy and stressed. Maybe it is giving someone hope.
What good can I do in this world? What do I have to give that can fill up someone else’s lack?
I am a teacher.
I am a healer.
I am a caregiver.
Please take the time to comment below. What is your talent? How are you being led to use it? What barriers do you have? How do you need supported to be successful? I would love to hear of your successes and failures as we all grow together!
4/13/2019 02:27:28 pm
I feel like I’m in a similar situation. I have never felt so fulfilled as when I started teaching art 2 years ago. Unfortunately in schools, art and music are the first to go. And I’m trying to figure a way to still do art with children. I am so passionate about it, I know the students can feed off my excitement and get excited too.
4/13/2019 08:31:07 pm
Jane, what a beautiful talent, to create and nurture others in creating! Children are lucky to have someone like you to help them grow! I believe you will find new ways to share your gifts, and I hope that schools in the future realize what a valuable tool art is for teaching children about this world! <3
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