I know the feeling of wishing I was as “talented” as others. I would say things in my head like, “I can do that better,” or “If I only had the chance to do…” whatever it was that I felt I should have been doing. The truth is, I am exactly where I need to be at this time.
When you spend life comparing yourself to others, you waste time and opportunities God has afforded you, by focusing on other peoples blessings. I was in church this Sunday, and our Pastor focused on this message:
Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:14-30 NIV)
It struck a chord with me. I took this message as to stop looking at what everyone else has and concentrate on my own blessings! Stop being so selfish by hiding my talents from the world because they aren’t as “good” as someone else’s.
God gave me my talents because they are specific to me. I’m not a pop star, but I am a ROCK star in my own right. For me to prosper, I must OWN my calling and stay in my lane. I must focus on what it is that I have been designed to do, versus what I “think” I should be doing.
What talents do you have that are being buried?
When will you be able to multiply your talents?
What’s stopping you from staying in your lane, focusing on your talents?
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