When you give someone a gift, you hope they’ll like it and use it, right?
We are one week away from Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year. And not just ANY shopping–shopping for gifts, for the most part. Gifts for our friends and loved ones, and the anticipation of seeing the look on their faces as they open the gift that you’ve selected for them. There is also a bit of anxiety on our part, hoping that they will like the gift and want it and be able to use it and enjoy it. How rewarding is it to see that look of joy and excitement, and hear them gush about it and how much they love it and then start using it as soon as possible?
And how much different and discouraging does it feel to see them open it and maybe hesitate, and then provide the obligatory thank-you with the fake smile as they gently set it aside and move on to the next gift?
I wonder if that’s how God feels when we aren’t using and enjoying the gifts He has given us. Certainly this would include material and tangible gifts like a car or home or even our family. But I think this applies to our talents and skills too–some that we have hard-wired into us at birth, and some that He allows us to acquire and develop throughout our lives.
For example, if you’re in a job or career that you aren’t enjoying or that you feel is not in your “wheelhouse” with regard to your skills and strengths, but you remain there stuck and apathetic because you’re too discouraged or disinterested in trying to make a move to do something different–is that like smiling politely at God, thanking Him unsincerely, and setting His gifts aside?
In the parable of the talents, the only servant who was chastised was the one who buried the talent he was given, the one who didn’t use what he was given to expand the wealth of the master. Even though the parable is talking about money, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the word “talent” is used. Therefore, could this scenario also apply to the non-material gifts and skills and talents with which we have been entrusted? And if so, what would that look like for you? What talents have you buried that could be better used for God’s glory and to better serve those around you, as well as bring you more joy and fulfillment?
Think about it.
For your advantage,