Using your talents and gifts…



Using our talents


My wife, “the crafty card maker”, shared this wonderful saying with me which she had recently found. I was so impressed that I thought I would share with you. It went like this: “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).

Isn’t that a wonderful saying, yes, challenging, but still inspiring! I don’t know about you, but as I age I tend to slow down just a little (in some things). Often I prefer to do what is comfortable for me and I understand a little more clearly the idea of retirement, (that some folks are looking for). Continuing to use our talents is the problem isn’t it? Yet, I keep discovering new challenges, perhaps new gifts or talents to be developed. For me, my body may be slowing down a little, but my mind, my drive is probably higher than it’s ever been. The truth is, everywhere I look I see more opportunities than I see obstacles.

I have to admit that I have some physical limitations now, so I’m searching out things that I can do, talents that I can develop and ways to use the gifts which God has given me.

In Matthew 25 Jesus tells a wonderful story about three men who are given jobs of caring for their master’s property. They are each given a sum of money to care for while the master is away. The money is called “a talent,” which translated well into the idea I am trying to present here.

As you know each of us is given something to care for by our Master, our God. It can be called a gift, a talent or ability. And the truth is; that God expects us to use them to his benefit. I have no idea what your talent, your gift; your ability might be any more than you do of me. But the point I’m trying to make is that we each need to be working towards developing and using whatever talents we might have to the benefit of God.

You see I want to be the person in the quote that said, ” 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’.”

If we go back to Jesus’ story in Matthew 25 we see that two of the men were successful in not only using their talents, but in developing more talents also. I want to be like them! I want the response that the master gave them in Matthew 25:21 where we read: “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!”

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3 Responses to Using your talents and gifts…

  1. Carl J. Dill says:


    As I get older and my eyes get dimmer I begin to see things more clearly, and I am reminded of Jesus words to His quarreling disciples (I think they were fighting over who would be greatest among them in the kingdom) ; He said, “When you have done all that your Master had bid you then say ‘we have been unprofitable servants for we have done that which was required of us'”. I am paraphrasing because I have not gone back to look at the exact text. But I am reminded of this and I wish to spend myself and be spent for Him. All the days of my life. I can tell this is your desire too. I will be back to read more. Thank you for sharing this story and challenge.

    Kind regards always,


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