Hey, hey! You’re just the person I was looking for — seriously. My name is Brooke, but you probably already knew that.
“Do not neglect the gift you have…” 1 Timothy 4:14
You are a manager of the gifts God has given to you. They may be great or small in your eyes, but they matter to God. “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” 1 Corinthians 4:2
I probably don’t know you but nonetheless I’m 100% certain you are talented and gifted in at least one area of life, which can include writing, gardening, sealing envelopes, making great coffee, singing, dancing, balancing on tight ropes, public speech, mixing and creating fragrances or mixtapes, poetry, making those perfect X’s of each passed day on the calendar, fashion design, makeup artistry, answering phone calls or declining phone calls, floral arrangement, texting, stunt driving, debating, filming, cooking, painting dog houses or petting dogs — you get the point.
“Brooke, I’m not sure what I’m good at.”
“I don’t like to do anything. Everything is boring or uninteresting.”
“I wasn’t born with gifts or talents — other people have those, not me.”
“What I’m gifted is small and doesn’t matter and is usually overlooked or unnoticed.”
Wrong, wrong, wrong, and wrong. If you don’t know what you’re good at, one thing is for certain: God created everyone and everything for a purpose, and you’re no exception. So just because you don’t see what it is now does not mean that it does not exist. Secondly, read 1 Corinthians again – it says that all gifts matter to God whether you think so or not. So when you’re working backstage and never able to see the limelight, God has His heavenly limelight on you, saying, “I will honor you because you’re honoring me…” (1 Samuel 2:30.) Thirdly, sometimes your talents are found in the things you most enjoy doing, which could merely consist of being still and alone in your room talking to God, and that’s okay. These days, it’s hard to get an individual to be still, let alone talk to God. Your talents and abilities could be found in something that God has told you to do, but you have yet to go through with it (we’ve all been there). When God made you, he made an investment in you, and he expects a return on that investment. Are you using what He’s given you for the benefit of others to bring glory to God, or are you just using those talents to benefit yourself? When God gives you a talent, he expects you to use it. Picture it like a muscle or a plant. If you use it or take care of it, it will grow, and if you don’t, you’ll lose it. If you have a talent but are fearful of using it to serve God and others, or if you’re lazy, you’re going to lose it. Guaranteed. In Luke 19, it describes what happens if you don’t use what God has given you — He will take it away and give it to someone else who will. However, if you wisely use your talents , God will give you more. If you wisely use your time, God will give you more time. The same concept applies to money, faith, energy and influence (Proverbs 13:4). Even life itself is a gift from God (Isaiah 42:5). God will bless your level of faithfulness, but the question still remains: are you being faithful with the investment you’ve been given?
And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17
I’d like to help you get started. Because you have a talent, contact me. If it’s God’s will, you and I together can collaborate and utilize our lives and abilities to worship God. Do not let fear or discouragement allow your gift to be taken away and used by someone else. If I could sit you down in reality and look you in the eyes, I would tell you that I have the utmost confidence in you.
Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:5