I am blessed to know many talented people, and come from a family of talented people. Not everyone's gifts are the same, some are artists, some musicians and some talented at bringing people together. Whether famous or not talented people are at their best when they are able to use their talent for expression, to liven up the world and to challenge the way others see and think. It is incredibly sad when those same folks hide their gifts due to lack of confidence. Some have been hurt so badly. And sometimes they can be lazy or selfish and want perfection and adoration rather than the work it takes to develop a true gift. And worst of all, sometimes they can use their gifts to bully and hurt others. The more gifts we have the more responsibility we have.Love is the best gift of all, and it too takes work and humility.
Jesus was speaking to his disciples and those gathered about the blessings they receive. He reminds us all if we step out and use what we have been given, we will be a blessing and we will know blessing. If we hide away in fear or laziness, we will never know the blessings from what we have been given. We must, no matter how often we fail, continue to use the love and the talents we have been given. God planted each of us with talents that the worlds needs today.
Today I ask God to help me use what I have been given for the benefit of others. May our hands and hearts be used always for the good of others, for lifting up the fallen and for leading the lost and forgotten.
Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.