Hey y’all! Jenn her with a new Blooming in Christ post.
If you missed the start of this it was a post titled Am I Blooming In Christ? Are You Blooming In Christ? I had realized that I was not blooming in Christ so I began working on that. I made a list of the things I was doing when I felt the most growth and compared that to what I am doing now…..so I can address the things on the list and correct them.
Today’s topic is: Using Your Talents
Lets take a moment to think about what our talents are, write them down….we will come back to them.
Some of you may have a hard time saying what your talent is, don’t worry about that. What are you good at? What do you excel at that you use for God or can use for God? I can’t sit here and tell you that my talent is ______, because I don’t really know what I have that I would list as a talent. But I know that there are things I enjoy doing, so I do those to my fullest ability for God when I can and I seek out opportunities to use those things for God. Just in case you are struggling with finding something that you enjoy or are good at I am going to list something’s. Be totally honest with yourself and I am sure you will find at least one thing that you are good at/enjoy doing/would learn to do/ can do for God….
– Teach a Sunday School Class. -Teach Ladies Class. -Help Clean the Building
– Help Prepare Communion. – Be Welcoming to Visitors. – Help with VBS or other events.
– Write Cards to Sick and Sutins. – Visit the Sick and Shutins. -Visit People in the Hospital.
-Work on Bulletin Boards. -Take Meals to Members in Need (new baby, surgery, etc.)
– Go Door Knocking (invite for studies, services, special events, etc.).
-Check on Members who Miss Service. -Go on a Mission Trip. -Help With the Pantry.
-Be Welcoming to New Members (invite them out for lunch or over to your house)
-Visit other Members and Invite them to do things with you (going shopping, or just over to hang out). -Call Members when you Know they are having a hard time.
-Pray for your brothers and sisters and let them know you are praying for them.
-Give members a ride to appointments who need them.
There are so many different things that could be listed, I have tried to list all the ones I could think of. Also, do not be discouraged if you feel that you only have one talent and other women have more than one, its okay. God made us all different, with different talents and abilities. He didn’t make us the same on purpose. We all have things we are good at and when we work together with others who are good at different things, more gets accomplished for the kingdom. He has a plan and a purpose for us and our talent. Just make sure you are using your talent to the best of your ability for God.
We all have talents. We all have something or something’s that we are naturally good at or can learn to be good at. But do we use those talents for God?
The Bible says lots about talents/gifts and using them for God. One of my favorites is the parable of the talents. It is found in Matthew 25:14-30 and Luke 19:12-28. I am not going to post the entire parable, but I would encourage you to take the time to read it and really think about what it says. To paraphrase this parable is about a man who is going on a journey so he gives talents to his servants to watch over. To one he gave 5, another 2, and another 1. The servants who were given 5 and 2 went out and used the talents and doubled the amount. The servant with one talent was afraid and hid his talent. When the man returned and went to his servants the two that doubled the talent amount were told what a great job they did. But it really sticks with me what was told to the one that hid his talent…..
“But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (Matthew 25:26-30 NKJV)
Wow! What a punishment for the servant who hid his talent! The first time I heard this and it really clicked I was shocked! It got me thinking…. what are my talents? Are there other things I can learn to do? Are there things I could assist with? Am I using my talents for God?
Now lets go back to your talent or talents that you wrote down….are your using it/them for God? Or have you hidden your talent?
I think that it is easier than we realize to stop using our talents, not use them to their full potential, or to not even try to use them. There are so many reasons. I have a few that have been an issue for me or for other women I know so I am going to talk about them. I hope that you will be open and honest with yourself as we talk about these things, it can lead to some serious blooming for Christ.
-“No one asked me to help”. If this offends you, so be it, but you can not sit back in the shadows and expect someone to ask you to do something all the time! If there is a project you would like to help with, SPEAK UP! If you don’t no one will know you were interested! Then later when your feelings are hurt and you didn’t get to help, you only have yourself to blame. I have seen women do this, and eventually they get their feelings hurt so much they pull away from the church, but no one knew they wanted to help because they never said anything until it was to late.
-“They have enough people already”. There can ever be “enough” people involved when doing something for God. The more the better! Even if there are more hands than projects there is still fellowship with other sisters which can be soooo good for the soul! And if you have extra hands, it creates the ability to add to a plan or event and make it bigger and better or it allows the ability to add more events because you have enough workers.
-“I was asked to help, but that’s not my thing”. Hmmmm….how do you know? Maybe at least try it and see. You never know what you may find you enjoy or are good at it. Someone may ask you to do something like help with bulletin boards and you say “no thanks, that’s not my thing, I’m not creative”. You may not think that is something you would like to do or be good at, but if you don’t try you never know. You don’t have to be creative, you just have to be willing to help,and again you are missing a fellowship opportunity with other sisters in Christ.
-“I would like to plan a ______, but we have never done that”. If there’s something you would like to start or plan at your congregation just find out who to talk to about it and go talk to them. The worst thing that can happen is they tell you no, and if they do, they will tell you why it can’t be done. But then at least you tried. If you don’t ask you’ll never know and it could be something that turns into a great outreach or ministry! Don’t be afraid to ask!
-“I don’t know how to do ____”. There are things that someone may ask you to help with or to do and you don’t know how to do that thing, but I promise that someone is willing to teach you if you are willing to learn. At my current congregation there is a group that crotchets scarves and hats for orphans in another country, what a wonderful work!! There have been women who wanted to help with it, but didn’t have a clue about crocheting, well all they had to do was come to the meeting and someone taught them! Now they have a new talent to use for God! Be open to learning/trying new things, you never know how that new skill can be used for God.
-“I would like to help, but _____ is going to be there and she always has to control everything.” This is a touchy one. There are people out there who have the personality that makes them naturally more in charge and sometimes that can make it seem that they are not open to the ideas of others. If you have this feeling about a sister in Christ I would suggest going to that sister and talking to her in private about it. (Talk to her, not everyone else) I do not think that any of us should sit back and let someone else keep us from doing work for God, we are commanded to use our talents, not to hide them. The confrontation may be awkward and hard, but you could come out with a new friendship that you never imagined having.
-“If we don’t do it this way, I’m not helping”. Well that is simply a matter of pride most of the time. We all have an idea of how things should be done, but that does not mean that our idea is always the only one to consider, or the best for the situation. The church is made up of lots of people who all have ideas, we need to be willing to put our self aside and let others bloom sometimes. For example: you may have worked really hard to come up with a great idea for _______, but when it comes time to do the project someone else shows up and has another idea. What do you do? You do not browbeat them into submission until they give up and use your idea! You listen to their idea, listen to everyone’s ideas, go over your idea, then have an open conversation about the best idea and then go from there. Your idea may be best, someone else’s may be best, it may be best to combine different things from all the ideas…..it doesn’t matter whose idea it was, it matters that we all work together to accomplish good for God. This does mean that sometimes we may need to step out of the spotlight, it does mean that sometimes we let someone else take charge….it does not mean that we are not an important part of the work for God. I can not stress enough how important it is sometimes to back up and let someone else shine, it could be the blooming that they so badly need! And again it doesn’t matter whose idea it was or who had the best plan, it matters that everyone worked together to accomplish something for God. And if your idea is not the one that is used…..I see NO bible verse anywhere that says you are allowed to pout and not participate nor does it mean that you participate but complain the whole time and talk about how your way would’ve been better.
Do you remember that talent you wrote down?…….have you allowed any of the above things keep you from using that talent? If you have it’s not to late. Change your mind and your heart, get past the thing that is preventing you from using it and start using it today. It may mean that you have to pray about something, it may mean you have to apologize to someone, it may mean that you have to have a conversation with someone…..but isn’t it worth it? Lets not hide our talents in the ground, lets use our talent for God. Our blooming will be amazing and we never know how our talents can help someone else or the kingdom bloom also.
I hope you will join me in blooming by using your talent to the best of your ability for God.