“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me.”- Erma Bombeck
When I was a little girl I wrote books and drew pictures as often as I could. Anything that would aid me in using my imagination, I was all in. Crayons, pencils and a notebook was all I needed. I began writing books at the age of 6. I would use every cent that I made from babysitting, to purchase spiral notebooks, to write and illustrate my books. My elementary school teachers would allow me to place my books in the library for others to read. I loved seeing my books in the library. I was able to use my imagination to the fullest. I was confident in myself, in my gifts and walked in them well.
So Ladies After Wisdom, knowing my talents and passionately loving my gift, why did it take me nearly 15 years after high school to use my talents again and put it to use especially for the Kingdom of God?
Well, Life Happened.
I became a single mother at the age of 20, married with 3 children by the age of 32, an employer, employee and a host of other responsibilities that came along with my titles. I became so “busy” and preoccupied with life that I abandoned my talents. I didn’t balance my life in a way to use my talents. The Lord had placed on my heart to start writing and drawing again years ago, yet I hadn’t placed it into my “things to do”. I wasn’t trying to deliberately ignore God. Yet, I was afraid to put my talents out there in the world. Something had happened; I wasn’t that fearless little girl anymore. Also, I didn’t know where I would find the time to write and honestly I didn’t think it was that important.
Well, God Happened.
“14 At that time God’s kingdom will also be like a man leaving home to travel to another place for a visit. Before he left, he talked with his servants. He told his servants to take care of his things while he was gone. 15 He decided how much each servant would be able to care for. The man gave one servant five bags of money. He gave another servant two bags. And he gave a third servant one bag. Then he left. 16 The servant who got five bags went quickly to invest the money. Those five bags of money earned five more. 17 It was the same with the servant who had two bags. That servant invested the money and earned two more. 18 But the servant who got one bag of money went away and dug a hole in the ground. Then he hid his master’s money in the hole. 19 “After a long time the master came home. He asked the servants what they did with his money. 20 The servant who got five bags brought that amount and five more bags of money to the master. The servant said, ‘Master, you trusted me to care for five bags of money. So I used them to earn five more. ’21 “The master answered, ‘You did right. You are a good servant who can be trusted. You did well with that small amount of money. So I will let you care for much greater things. Come and share my happiness with me. ’22 “Then the servant who got two bags of money came to the master. The servant said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of money to care for. So I used your two bags to earn two more. ’23 “The master answered, ‘You did right. You are a good servant who can be trusted. You did well with a small amount of money. So I will let you care for much greater things. Come and share my happiness with me. ’24 “Then the servant who got one bag of money came to the master. The servant said, ‘Master, I knew you were a very hard man. You harvest what you did not plant. You gather crops where you did not put any seed. 25 So I was afraid. I went and hid your money in the ground. Here is the one bag of money you gave me. ’26 “The master answered, ‘You are a bad and lazy servant! You say you knew that I harvest what I did not plant and that I gather crops where I did not put any seed. 27 So you should have put my money in the bank. Then, when I came home, I would get my money back. And I would also get the interest that my money earned. ’28 “So the master told his other servants, ‘Take the one bag of money from that servant and give it to the servant who has ten bags. 29 Everyone who uses what they have will get more. They will have much more than they need. But people who do not use what they have will have everything taken away from them.’ 30 Then the master said, ‘Throw that useless servant outside into the darkness, where people will cry and grind their teeth with pain.’Matthew 25:14-30
When I stumbled upon the quote of Erma Bombeck, the Lord brought to mind the above passage, Matthew 25: 14-30. A passage in which a master gave his 3 servants ‘talents’. Two servants used theirs, while one buried his out of fear. The servants who used their talents were rewarded with more. The servant who buried his was punished. As I reread the passage I immediately became convicted that I had been selfish with my talents. I asked for forgiveness and asked God for His grace and mercy in transitioning to write again. I then made the decision to use my talents that the Lord had given me. I learned through that passage that if the Lord can trust me with the little He has given me, then He will trust me with even greater.
Ladies After Wisdom, God has blessed you with a gift(s). A unique and beautiful one…that is meant just for you. Once you begin to use your gifts, whether it’s singing, teaching, gardening, dancing, speaking, baking or whatever it will put you in a place of vulnerability. Letting down walls and being judged by others…YES! That can be scary, however, as Joyce Meyers says, “Do it afraid”. Write the book. Paint the picture. Create, Inspire & Change. The Lord will see you through. Has life happened to you? Possibly too busy, overwhelmed with responsibilities? Seek God, He will lead you to pick up where you left off. He encourage you along the way. Don’t be too busy with your role of mom, wife, student etc. Seek a balanced life, so that you can pick up where you left off, no matter how long ago it was. The world needs you to walk in your gifts. You never know where using your gifts will lead you or someone else. Your gift can lead others to Christ. Be Obedient. Show the Lord He can trust you. He will bless you! Let’s have no talent left at the end of our lives, because we used it all…I love you. All is well.
Read: Matthew 25:14-30
Affirmation: I will boldly use my talents and be obedient unto God.
Prayer: Father, I love You, I praise You and I thank You for my gifts. You are perfect. Forgive me Father for not using my gifts. Whatever excuse I may have used for not using my talents, it’s no reason at all and I’m sorry. I now know Father that you have trusted me with these and by not using my gifts I have disappointed You. Lead me Father, to use my talents for Your Glory. Help me Father to manage my time and prioritize Your word in my daily life. Provide me with the opportunities to use my talents.
In Jesus name, Amen.