I haven’t written in a while, I know. And I promised someone I’d write a post a week ago, so here it finally is. :)
I’ve been talking to some people a lot recently about the future. What they want to do. Whether the work is worth it.
As humans we get discouraged so easily. There’s always someone smarter than us, more beautiful, more talented, more successful, friendlier, has better faith, anything. It is so easy to compare ourselves to others, and when we do that, we forget about what God has given us.
I know many extremely talented people. Many people who have a huge future, and people I know God is going to use in big ways if they’ll let him. While talking with them I just keep remembering Luke 12:48:
“…Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.”
God gives us our talents, our gifts, our personalities. Depending on how much he has given us, he will expect us to use those gifts and talents to further his kingdom.
It’s amazing how often we can forget about what God has gifted us with. When I hear some of my friends talk about themselves it’s hard for me to imagine that they can’t see themselves for who they really are. I look at them and I see that they* are smart, beautiful, loving, determined, musical, and have a real heart for God but they so easily forget what they’ve been gifted with. They are exceptional people.
God doesn’t just give us talents so that we will be “more special” than other people, though. That’s not what I mean at all. For all the other superhero nuts out there, remember what Uncle Ben says? “With great power comes great responsibility.” Because you have been entrusted with much, God will expect much of you.
You have been given gifts. Those are not for your glory, those are not to build up your pride. Do not let them define you, and do not use them as a weapon to bring other people down.
Rejoice in them, but not in a prideful way. Rejoice in them because you know that God has gifted you for a purpose. Because you know that God has given you talents to carry out his will for your life.
But also be prepared to answer his call–he has much planned for you.
* this is a generalization :) obviously we’re all going to have different talents. Just because you might not be musical or whatever does not mean God has not given you gifts to use for his kingdom.