Gifts and Talents

Have you ever been in the spot where you felt like everyone in the whole world was talented but you?

I'm near-positive everyone goes through this at one time or another. We look around and see all the pretty, talented, popular kids at school and church and wish that we could be like them. They're so good at singing, or dancing, or sports, or...whatever. And we're good at...um...

One of life's most-played games is the Comparison Game. We're constantly playing a game of "am-I-as-good-as-them" because, as I said in previous posts, we're looking for our security in the wrong people and places. The Comparison Game comes into the picture big-time in the area of talents.

Have any of you ever read "The Lily Series" by Nancy Rue? In this (great) series, a sixth-grader named Lily Robbins is on a search to find her "thing." Her mom and younger brother are great at sports. Her older brother is a musician. Her dad is just all-around smart. And she's...well...she doesn't know. And through this series, that's what she tries to find out. She feels like she's the only gift-less one, and she's constantly trying to find her niche, her thing, her talent.


I think every girl (and boy) needs to know this important truth: there are many kinds of talents that are deeper than surface-level. Whether you believe it or not, you are talented. It may not be a big "look-at-me" talent that everyone will immediately notice; it might be encouraging others, praying for those around you, or having a heart of compassion. It may be being an accountability partner for your friend, setting a good example for younger kids, or always being helpful.


The world has tried to classify "talented" as having outer talent that people notice quickly, like singing, dancing, writing, or art. I'm not saying that if you have one of those talents you are conforming to the world. No! That's not what I'm saying at all. What I'm saying is this: the world has a hard time seeing something like praying or encouraging as a talent.


God has given us each a special gift that we can use (if we choose to) to serve Him, bring Him glory and honor, and reflect Him to others.

You may feel gift-less, but know that you are gifted in some way by God and that you can use your gift to bring Him glory.
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Nela  – (May 25, 2012 at 9:24 AM)  

Hmmm a very thought-provoking post, Talia. I never thought of it that way before. :) Thank-you for writing this encouraging post!

ThePixie  – (May 25, 2012 at 7:30 PM)  

Wonderfully written truth! Thank you for sharing this! I'm liking your blog so, new follower! :)

Molly  – (May 25, 2012 at 8:34 PM)  

This was great =D I have often felt that in my life, but I am learning that comparing myself won't help me feel any better. Thank you for this wonderful post!

~Molly~
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Meena Kat  – (May 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM)  

that was an amazing post! loved it! oh, btw, i read that series 'bout a year ago, fav series of all times! well, maybe hunger games would over-rank it just by a smidge.

http://vanillastudies.blogspot.com/

Shelley  – (May 27, 2012 at 6:17 PM)  

Awesome post Talia, very encouraging! :) I agree, talents can be all sorts of things, not just the common ones like sports, the arts, and intelligence.

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