Don’t Hide Your Talent!

talentsI heard a story about a young man who spent his youth angry,filled with a desire to party with his friends and no interest to do much else. He lived this way for over 30 years. He spent most his time with his friends, drinking and “hanging out”.  At some point he got tired and disgusted and told his friends “This day is the last day I will drink” his friends laughed and said “Impossible” but he reiterated “Today is the last day I will live this life. Today is the last day I will drink”  and it was. At that moment he made a choice to change his life, the choice and the change were his to make, he was the only person who could do it and he did. Despite his friends telling him it was impossible, he made the change then and there and he stopped drinking.

At 51 this man went back to school and while in school he discovered that he had a talent for writing, specifically for poetry. He was good. He entered a prestigious poetry contest and won it.  What this man learned is that alcohol, his addiction to alcohol, was hiding his God-given talent.  He had no idea that he had this talent because alcohol covered it up. It numbed him to who he really was and who he was meant to be!

So my question to you is what are you hiding your talent under? Fear? Addiction? Addiction to drugs, alcohol, food, sex, etc……….  Are you living your life in such a way that you may be numbing your talents? Hiding them? Never aware that they exist?

Do you have a nagging feeling that you should be doing something? A feeling that there is a song in you? A book in you? An award for civic duties? An invention……or whatever?  Is it possible you are hiding your talents?  Is it time to look at your life and see what/who you are meant to be?

Just asking…..

Me? I have hid my talents behind fear/lack of confidence for many years! Many of us do this….no shame! Just address it and change it! It is in YOUR control to do so.  ❤

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God Is Good!

  I have personally known people that have had addictions- alcohol, drugs, cigarettes, even excessive cursing….and I have seen these people quit them. 

After trying, again and again, to quit these addictions they gave it over to God and quit. Just like that.  I’ve personally seen this.  

God is GOOD all the time! 

That is all. ❤️

Filling The Void

As a young adult I can remember hearing about a “void” that people have within themselves, a void that they would try to fill with love, sex,hate,drugs,alcohol….. many, many, earthly, or of the flesh, types of emotions and activities.  As an adult I came to realize that this “void” could be filled with something other than the aforementioned items.  This realization did not happen overnight. And this realization went through many phases as I became more enlightened on the subject.

I can remember discovering that if I chose to have a relationship with God that I could fill that void.  I can remember thinking that I had discovered the great secret of a good life…that I had arrived, so to speak….. that the rest of my life would be a piece of cake, at least in respect to being on the right track to filling the “void”.

And it remained that way for at least 5 years.

There came a day though, a day when I crashed and burned. I guess it really was not so much a crash and burn as it was very subtle, it crept up on me.  Over time I became disillusioned and had many questions…..questions that I thought I already had the answers to! Yes it was a rude awakening when I realized that I really did not have it all figured out and that my “walk” was not so much a walk as it was a slow crawl. But…it was an awakening none the less! And that is a good thing.

I went away and tried to “find” myself and my faith once again.

Let me stop here to clarify, please do not misunderstand me….I never entirely lost my faith, I was just not sure I had it all right or better yet, I realized I was not as in touch with God as I thought I was.  And I really had it going on! Or so I thought.  Boy…in any given week you could find me at church no less than 3 times and I spent a good portion of the rest of the week doing something that had to do with my church. I was very immersed.  If it was not studying and learning it was helping with events……we spent a lot, or most, of our week at church. In my case, and this may not apply to anyone but me, I was confusing my relationship and faith with social commitments/activities.  I really thought I was in touch.  Imagine how I felt when I realized that the VOID was still there! It might have taken a number of years for it to show its face again, but there it was!

So as I said, I went away to find myself. And I did. I wrote about it in 2010 and again a few months ago, you can read it here.

Finding myself is not something that happened overnight either and truthfully I guess I am still on my journey and may be as long as I draw breath into my lungs.  I enjoy my journey and I enjoy sharing with others.  Through my journey I have come to realize that the void that is within us, the one that we try to fill with superficial things or with bad relationships or quite frankly …….with all relationships …….that void really is all about God, I had that part right! HE is the only one who can fill the void!  But it is not only about going to church and being faithful….that is not all there is to it!  If we make it about that….. then I feel we will, at times, continue to crash and burn…whether subtly or HARD!  We will slip and fall down that slop from time to time because we are not embracing what it is that God has given to us; the gift. We are not living our purpose. We are not truly serving others.  We are not living from a place of love towards others. We may think we are……

God has given us all a gift and it is our job to find it and embrace it! Live from a place of love…live from a place of knowing that God has given you the power to be all that you can be! And to share that with others! I know this can be a hard task to accomplish but my point is that as long as we are trying and we continue to try…..as long as we are aware!!  Isn’t that better than not?