Do you know what your talents are?
I guess that seems like a strange question, but honestly… I feel like I spent a lot of time searching for mine…
…wondering if I’d found them again and again…
…then wondering why some talents brought me joy while others did not…
..,.wondering why some made me want to brush everything else away and spend all my time fostering them while others… didn’t.
I guess I think the topic of talents is a tricky one.
God gifted each and every one of us with talents, it’s true. And God wants us to utilize them as both a service to others and a celebration of the treasure they are.
But what if you don’t know what those talents are?
What if you discover a new one at 30… at 40… at 50 and beyond?
Will you have missed the boat to use everything God has given you?
Or what if you know you have a talent but you just honestly dislike using it? Like being good at the piano but loathing spending time practicing? Or despising when someone says: “hey can you play one more song for me?”
Lots of questions entered my mind when I read this quote last night, and today I settled on a couple things I believe about talents:
- The miss at discovering a talent at any age is letting time define how you embrace it. It’s always relevant to take a chance and see what fruits it can still produce.
- We are all gifted with many talents, but having passion and joy in utilizing them… it matters. Perhaps those talents we don’t care to use get used anyway in the background fortifying the ones that light us up.
So, I guess maybe when I stand before God at the end of my life, I’m not sure I can say “I’ve used everything you gave me.”
But man I hope I can say…
[Picture reads: When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’. – Erma Bombeck]