Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Talent

Mindy here, back from a wonderful respite in Colorado. Now it's butt-in-chair time as I prepare to head off to ACFW's annual conference next week.

I came across a quote this week I really liked and thought I'd share it with you today. It's from Swiss philosopher Henri-Frederic Amiel. "Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you."

It's one of those quotes that makes you think. What is my talent? Am I being wise with the talent I have been given? Am I using it for my glory or for God's glory? After all, Who gave me that talent?

Are you using the talent that has been entrusted to you? How do you keep yourself in check, making sure you are using your talent wisely?

Happy Tuesday, y'all.

5 comments:

  1. Mindy, we were just talking about this in Sunday school the other day. We were discussing the parable of the talents (money), where one man was given one, and he buried it, while the others who were given 5 and 2 invested and earned more. And the master rewarded those who did something with theirs. Matthew 25.

    I had to leave class early to go to choir, but we were mainly discussing courage.

    I think it takes courage to admit we have a talent and that God expects us to use it, not hide it away.

    Great post!

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  2. I agree with Missy, it takes a lot of courage to put ourselves out there and use our talent. The only thing I know to do, is keep trying--and hope God will do the rest by opening doors, bringing me inspiration, supernaturally gifting me when I need to help and inspire others, etc.

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  3. Very deep thoughts to ponder this morning, Mindy. This actually goes along with a teaching on Leadership and being a Leader at my church about a month ago.

    The gist was this..."many are called but few are chosen." As a leader you have to step out and say, "I'll do it." That's how you are chosen- by your strength and courage to stand up and say I'll do it. Admitting to and using talent is the same. It takes not only courage but a willingness to open yourself up to criticism, open yourself up to learning new ways, open yourself up to giving your free time to God.

    These are tough things to do, but so worth it when you step up to the plate and say, "I will."

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  4. Funny how each of you mentioned courage. So appropriate for writers. In using our talent, we have to put ourselves out there, open ourselves up for criticism, learn new things...

    When we say "I will," God will do the rest.

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  5. Keeping in line with the quote in my post, I was looking all over for a quote our pastor had given, but I couldn't find it until now.

    "Are you honoring the gifts you have been called to use to make a difference in the world and in the lives God has placed in your path?"

    A great reminder I keep on my desk. Uh, that is when I can actually see it :-)

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