“I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.”
Jesus tells the story of the landowner who gives his servants talents (money) to take care of while he travels to a distant country. When the landowner returns, he asks his servants what they have gained with the talents given them. He rewards those servants who invested their talents and he takes away from those servants who did not use their talents, but instead, hid them away, until the landowner’s return.
This is confusing to some people. Some people feel that the rich just get richer and the poor just get poorer. Does this sound like a familiar statement to you? This is a frustrating concept – it seems as though there’s no way to become prosperous or to have abundance, if we don’t already have it.
Our talents are our spiritual gifts. When we use our unique spiritual gifts, we are lifted up and led to further possibilities along our journey. The way is made clear as we walk along it, practicing our gifts, and we are given peace, safety, harmony, and prosperity.
When we don’t use our talents, we stop the flow of the God-Presence within us … . not only do we not receive the benefits that are ours to enjoy when we develop our talents, but we also find that we lose what we do have. The old adage is “use it or lose it.” It happens in every aspect of our lives – mentally, physically, and spiritually.
The world is full of people who are afraid to use their talent because it seems so insignificant. Our talents are our special, unique gifts from God. They are our special, unique gifts to this world of humanity.
Each talent is important in this world and to God’s overall plan, and cannot be replaced by any other talent. Each one serves its specific, unique, and special purpose. It’s like a building. You can’t replace a brick with a nail or a nail with a brick. You cannot replace wall materials with foundation materials nor foundation materials with wall materials. You don’t replace the ceiling with the floor, or vice versa. Each piece that goes into a building is extremely important in the integrity and strength and use of that building. No matter how small or insignificant a piece seems, without it, the whole building is adversely affected in some way.
It’s the same with vitamins and minerals for our human bodies. Some vitamins and minerals we just need a teensy bit to be healthy. Does this mean that one of those particular minerals is unimportant? No, it means that if we do not use that gift or talent of that nutrient, our body will have one or more adverse reactions and eventually become unhealthy … . all because of the lack of a teensy bit of a special, unique mineral. That’s how our talents are. And that’s what each specific, special one means to the world.
To the servants who used their talents, rather than hid them, the landowner gave them more according to how much the servants used their talents. When we use our talents, we are given increased possibilities, mentally, physically, and spiritually – not only in using and developing these talents, but we also find new talents that serve us along our life’s path. New ideas, new prosperity, new careers, new relationships, or a dramatic growth of any of these just seem to happen, when we use the gifts that God has given us.
We are quickened with life. We are enthusiastic, joyous, and peaceful. There is nothing about us that is slow or sluggish. If you feel that something about you is sluggish, there is some talent, some gift you are not using. Find it and bring it into expression. The way to do this is to use the talents and gifts that you already know about and continue to affirm that God’s will is being done in all your thoughts and acts and words. Trust this … . trust this and know that it is already true.
POSITIVE DAILY PRAYER:
Dear God, I thank you for all You have given me. I awaken to all the possibilities You have put before me, to use with Your guidance. As I meet each day, I am inspired by creative ideas, positive encouragement, and wonderful new thoughts, leading me and guiding me through each moment.
In Jesus Christ’s name I pray … Amen.
POSITIVE DAILY AFFIRMATION: Relying on God, I have the momentum to keep on keeping on.
POSITIVE DAILY QUOTE: “Real excellence and humility are not incompatible one with the other, on the contrary they are twin sisters.” Jean Baptiste Lacordaire
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