I have an undeveloped talent.
When I was young I was a pretty good artist (or I think I was!). I could look at something and draw it pretty well. I gave it up though; I had an older cousin whom really could draw, like family portraits!
Everyone recognized her talent. So I decided that because I could not draw as well as she could I should just give it up, and so I did. I guess I thought there was a quota on how many artists could be in one family. I deeply regret neglecting this talent. It was silly for me to ignore a God-given talent just because I was related to someone whom had a better developed talent at the time.
This is a picture I drew of one of my “Old Maid” card game characters when I was young. Had I developed my talent, who knows where I would be now!!! I am half-way joking here. But seriously, we should never neglect our gifts and talents because we do not know where developed talent might lead us!
To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. Matthew 25:29
I must confess that because I did not continue to “hone my craft” I can’t even draw as well today as I could when I was ten years old. This small talent has greatly diminished over the years – all because I thought someone else could draw better than me. And even though that was true, it did not mean that I was suppose to abandon what talent I had been given.
I have had to apply this life’s lesson to my development in ministry. When I look at others in ministry who have a “gabillion” Twitter followers, I am prone to wonder How can I enlarge my platform? When I look at other’s published works, I may think I wish I had thought of that idea for a book! When I hear a great Bible teacher, I think I will never measure up to her!
But then I stop.
And I remember this.
My only responsibility in this ministry God has given me is to be obedient to what He gives me to do daily.
I don’t have to worry about “my followers” because they are really His followers. Thankfully, I just get to add something to the conversation about the Christian life.
I don’t have to worry about what others are doing because God has especially created me to do what I am doing. No one else can do it, and He doesn’t need two of anyone else.
So, whatever talent you have been given, give it all you’ve got! Who knows what God will do with your developed talent???
I would love to hear about your developing talent!
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Author Gina Duke is a wife, mother and Director of Women’s Ministry at her local church. Gina is also a speaker and With a B.S. in Organizational Leadership, she is able to bring a clear word for authentic Christian living. Through her book, “Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray” (Abingdon Press), she imparts 1 Peter 4:7 with the gift of structured prayer journaling. Ms. Duke also blogs and offers numerous videos and resources at GinaDuke.com. You may also follow her on Twitter and Instagram @TheGinaDuke.
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