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Talent Shows

This post is a part of the Five Minute Friday link up. We write for 5 minutes on a one-word prompt without heavy editing and see what happens. Today’s prompt is “talent.”

It’s easy to think of talent only being true of those who can sing, or play an instrument, or dance. Shows like “America’s Got Talent” perpetuate that idea, don’t they? We say people who can paint, or act, or write or take great pictures are talented. But there are more areas where talent is evident. Like, say, a talent for making people feel heard. Or a talent for organization. Perhaps someone has a talent for home decorating. Or knowing the right thing to say at the right time.

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Yes, people are born with certain skills that help draw them to certain activities. That would be a natural talent. But even those need years and years of practice to perfect. I am told that I have a talent for writing, but I didn’t just sit down one day and write the great American novel. In fact, I haven’t yet sat down and written the great American novel. I write, yes, and I read. And I read, and read, and read.

And I took English classes. And literature classes. And writing classes. I ask for feedback. I go to writing workshops. I hang out with other writers.

And I write.

FMF buttonLike these short, 5-minute Friday posts. I write. And I try to find other outlets in which to write. Thankfully, I have a paying gig to write.  It’s what I do. It’s what God gave me the skill to do.

A singer sings. An actor acts. A painter paints.

And I write. It may not be flashy and showy. It’s not something the majority of people in the country are going to see. But it’s what God gave me to do.

 

Maybe talent shows need to broaden their definitions.

 

You Mean It’s Not All About Me?

I love applause. I’ve always liked being in the limelight. I like it when people pay attention to me. From the type assessments I’ve done over the years, that’s not a bad thing: it’s just a part of who I am.

But it can become a bad thing. If I’m wanting to take the credit for something God has clearly done, then I am quenching the Holy Spirit’s fire. If I do things just to garner attention for myself, then pride can set in. And that’s definitely not a good thing.

Lead me to the Cross where Your love poured out

Bring me to my knees, Lord I lay me down

Rid me of myself, I belong to You

(“Lead Me To The Cross” Hillsong United)

Rid me of myself.

Figuring out how to do that is the hard part.

God gives us all talents, and He expects us to use them for His glory. But if someone tells me I’m doing a good job, or praises me for my abilities, I am tempted to be pleased with myself instead of thanking God for giving me the talent that He did. Using the talents: good. Claiming them as my own: not so good.

Bring me to my knees, Lord I lay me down. Rid me of myself, I belong to You.

So when people applaud for me, I need to step aside and let the applause flow to heaven. Because God is all that.

And I’m not.

Thankful today for:

120. new flowers

121. little baby avocado buds on our tree

122. the end of the 3rd quarter of school