Natural aptitude or skill. Hmmm. There was a time when I was sure I had none of those.
I was not right.
I do have talents. And you do too.
Whether you are a Bible reader or not, you’ve probably heard Jesus’ parable about the Talents. Short summary (from wikipedia):
The parable in Matthew 25:14-30 tells of a master who was leaving his home to travel, and before going entrusted his property to his servants (property worth 8 talents, where a talent was a large unit of money). One servant receives five talents, the second two talents, and the third one talent, according to their respective abilities.
Returning after a long absence, the master asks his servants for an accounting. The first two servants explain that they have each put their money to work and doubled the value of the property they were entrusted with, and so they are each rewarded. The third servant, however, has merely hidden his talent in a hole in the ground, and is punished.
Do you get it?
God has given you talents. You are a genius at something. Have you found it yet?
Get on it. You only have so many days in this life you are living. And if you aren’t using your talents, you aren’t doing it right.
I’m going to leave you with some awesome quotes from some amazing people. They get it.
“Hide not your talents, they for use were made, What’s a sundial in the shade?”
― Benjamin Franklin
“Everyone has talent. What’s rare is the courage to follow it to the dark places where it leads.”
― Erica Jong
“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.”
― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Human tragedies: We all want to be extraordinary and we all just want to fit in. Unfortunately, extraordinary people rarely fit in.”
― Sebastyne Young