Sometimes we blame others for a poor choice we have made. However, if we have the full information, the responsibility for the choices we make rest squarely on our own shoulders.
As someone who never had much in the way of physical ‘riches’ when I was young, I thought God was a bit unfair taking the ‘talent’ from the man who had been afraid to do anything with it, but kept it safe. (Matt 25: 14 – 30.)
Now, I am older, I can see the spiritual meaning. I took it literally before.
The man who had been given five talents, used those talents and was praised for the result – because he used his God-given talent, made some wise choices, and in this example, increased the money.
The man who had been given two talents also made a good choice; he also made a one hundred percent return on what he had been given.
Using a talent is a choice.
We all have at least one talent. Some have the talent of encouraging others. Do we choose to encourage where appropriate.
Others are talented singers, and I know some people with beautiful voices, though they would say otherwise.
One of my neighbours has such a talent. She joined a group of other singers who go around local old peoples’ homes and sing for the residents.
There are talented musicians, and then some people find it easy to teach others.
Many of us say, “I don’t have a talent,” but I doubt it is true. Even if the talent we have does not bring us the attention of others, we all are gifted in some way.
A former neighbour did not think she had a talent. But her grown-up family all queued up for her mince pies, her cakes and pastries.
She was truly talented in baking.
Another person I knew was brilliant at organizing the home, and another at budgeting.
We are all different and have need of each other’s talent, if we decide to share. That, too, is a choice.
Talents are not always obvious
But each is important and we have to make the choice to use it. To decide not to use it is also a choice each of us make.
You might be surprised what you can do that would be a great help or encouragement to others.
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