Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Time, Talents and Treasures

Our church is doing a sermon series on using your time, talents and treasures for God's glory. This Sunday, the focus was on talents and it truly hit home. He used this verse from Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven."

I am very new to reading the Bible and I am very often intimidated by the way it is written. This pastor does a beautiful job of untangling the wording and helping me to apply it to my life. When he began to explain this passage, he shared that we all have talents but we have a way of thinking our talents are not as good or as important as the other people that surround us. But the piece that hit home was this: He said that we often glorify specific talents that make the most money. Star athletes, singers and actors somehow seem to have better talents because, after all, they are rewarded the most for it.

But are they? I guess it depends on how you measure rewards. Doing something I love is rewarding. Watching waves crash on the beach is rewarding. Seeing my family laughing around the table is rewarding. Seeing one of my children understand something new is rewarding. I could go on and on. None of these things add to my bank account but they do require my talents. They require my ability to sing, sew, think, cook, nurture and teach but more than anything, they take confidence. The confidence to be who I am even if it's contrary to what society expects of me.

We all have a light within us that is unlike any other. Maybe you have tremendous business acumen that can be used to change the world.  Maybe you can bake and are always sharing special treats with those you love.  Or maybe you give the the warmest smile to everyone you meet.  No talent is to big or too small to be shared.

Don't we want our children and spouses to feel that light shining upon them? Don't we want them to feel the confidence to be and do all that they are meant to be?  Being real is hard until you experience the tremendous and fulfilling rewards of appreciating all of your talents, big and small.

What talents have you been given? How could you use them to help your fellow man (or woman or child)?

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