Wednesday, May 16, 2007

But I'm Good At It...

Whatever "good" is, it isn't enough.

I've been teaching my children that for years. "Honey, please remember to admire the athletes ability, but always look at their character before you decide you want to be just like them."

I'm sure you understand that sometimes the athletes or stars use their talent for show and personal gain, but have very little fruit of the spirit. There are exceptions, but there are too many examples.

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, "Talent for talent's sake is a bauble and a show. Talent working with joy in the cause ofuniversal truth lifts the possessor to a new power as a benefactor."

Another part of this idea is the person who never develops their God-given talent. Both errors are equal extremes.

Think about Matthew chapter 25. Are you the Good Servant who purposely multiplied what your Master has given you? Are you in the process of developing your talents, time, and financial blessings in order to give them back to the Lord?

I've been taking online classes now for a year and a half in fiction and non-fiction writing, reading craft books, finding eclectic sources of additional earning, and going to writer's conferences. All in the pursuit of the dream God gave me as a child. It took me until 38 yrs old to begin the process. That was 4 yrs. ago when I started dabbling with writing as a hobby. Until then, I was the servant who buried her talent. Now I am intensely preparing for a future career.

Have you ever though you could change which role you played in that parable?

How are you tangibly working toward your God-given talents and goals?


PS The "Real" tour of Montana is on over at my personal blog. Please come visit Montana through pictures and commentary:-D Today is about the talents of performing arts. Here's a sample photo posted on my blog a few days ago. What will you find today?


  1. Beautiful photo, Angie! Is that out the back of your house?

    Great post, too. I used to be so afraid to use one of my talents--singing. Then I did the Bible study called "If you Want to Walk on Water, You Have to Get Out of the Boat." It was excellent! And I put the things I learned into practice. the next time I got up to sing a solo, the ladies in my study group were in the congregation with big grins on their faces. They knew just how hard it was for me to get out of the boat.

    But we have to take risks. We have to do scary things if we feel God directing us to do them.

    Writing a new book is that way to me. Scary as all getout! But I'm going to do it. I'm praying, and I'm plotting.

    Hey, I think that should be the title of a new workshop: Praying and Plotting! :) Lindi, how about it? Are you ready to work up a new one with me?

    Missy--who's going now to write the idea down! :)

  2. Wow Missy, you were on a roll! I love that you are singing now. Let's do it together:-)

    This is my backyard, but we pulled those overgrown bushes last summer, whew.

    I'm praying my way through plotting my new book for sure~Someday, I hope to be able to give workshops that will help others grow their talents.


  3. Lindi and I are doing a workshop at Moonlight & Magnolias. I'm already nervous!! LOL

    Stepping out of the boat again...

    I think you would be great at doing workshops, Angie!


  4. I also meant to say that your backyard is gorgous! My daughter was amazed when she saw it. :)

  5. I've decided out the of blue to paint a 16 x 20 lighthouse ocean canvas. This is really pulling me out of my comfort zone. I have always loved art and took it as an elective in junior high. I guess that's why I do graphic design. But, computer art is nothing like hand-sketching or hand-painting. Being the older sibling of a brother who could paint, draw, sketch, or sculpt anything, always made me feel less than adequate. My mother has great artistic talent and so I guess it's in my blood. Anyway, I don't know why, but I want to paint this landscape picture. Then I'm itching to sketch a portrait.


  6. Jenn,
    I love that you are painting! Come paint a landscape of an old barn or homestead:-)

    Missy, tell your daughter I said thank you so much! I love looking out my kitchen window while I do dishes. It's very relaxing. The deer (we have our own little herd) will graze right along with our horses. There's a clearing on the side of the mountain where I can watch them frolic. And they do! Come see:-)

  7. Oh wow, it's gorgeous, Angie! I want to live there! My cousin just moved to Montana a few weeks ago.