We all have special talents – G-d creates these talents within each person. You are born with these G-d given talents; they are not acquired. You can, and should, hone your gifts and talents, but just as you can’t train an elephant to be a cat, nor could you train a cat to be a giraffe, someone talented in woodworking may never be able to teach in a preschool. Regardless of how great a plumber may be, you wouldn’t want him doing brain surgery on you. Of course, you’d want someone with medical gifts and abilities. Someone may have amazing musical abilities, but be really bad at keeping a budget. Another may be great in dealing with people, seeing their gifts and abilities and keeping an organization of people happy and moving in the same direction, and at the same time be really bad at art. Imagine how boring the world would be if we all had the same talents. It just wouldn’t work. G-d gave us different talents so we could all work together, appreciating each other’s contributions to the whole. Discovering and using your G-d given talents brings joy and fulfillment, and the opposite is true as well. If you are in a position that you are not gifted to do, really, everyone pays the price. It matters that we know our gifts and use them for G-d’s glory, if we are in a place where we shouldn’t be, it detracts from the glory that is due Him and that He desires to get from the gifts that He gave you. It’s a “win-win” when we use our abilities and are functioning in them, and a “lose-lose” when we are not.
As always, the Lord says it best in His Word.
I Peter 4:10: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
Romans 12:6-8: “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
What talents has G-d given you? May you be blessed as you bless others with your gifts and talents!
Be Who You Are – It’s a Gift!