“And he who had received the five talents came and brought him five more, saying, Master, you entrusted to me five talents; see, here I have gained five talents more."
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Always be aware of your talents God has given you.
God has given each of us abilities, and we should use them to benefit one another. Whatever your particular talent is, offer it as a free gift occasionally rather than always wanting or expecting to be paid for it.
For example, if you are a photographer, offer to take free wedding pictures for a friend or someone on a tight budget. If you are a hairdresser, offer to go to a homeless shelter or nursing home and cut hair once a month or more if your willing. A friend of mine is a decorative painter, and she recently donated three days of her time painting at a home for troubled young woman.
I met a woman once who had little money but wanted to support missions financially. She did so by selling her baked goods to raise money for missions. Her story emphasizes the point that if we refuse to do nothing, we will be able to find the something that we can do, and when everyone gets involved it won't be long until the good in our world will overcome evil.
To say we can't do anything is just not true. We may make excuses, but excuses are nothing more than a way to deceive ourselves and justify doing nothing You will come alive like never before if you will aggressively reach out to others.
Let's not forget what Jesus said, "I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have oved you, so you too should love one another." (John 13:34). Without a doubt, this is our purpose and the will of God for our lives.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me to "Love one and other unconditionally"
Help me to meditate each day: "Lord, bless me with talents you want to use."
Teach me to be patient and know you will mentor me. Remind me that prayer motivates me.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.