This past week I was asking you to watch for God’s miracles in your lives, to be aware, and to celebrate any Godly intervention you perceived. I mentioned two themes which I’d like to highlight – miracles and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We are each given gifts to live out our potential which God pre-ordained for us. Sometimes we recognize our gifts, and sometimes not! Sometimes it is a journey of discovery, and sometimes we know immediately what we’re good at, and how we can bless others with our talents and skills.
Here is a story about hidden talent:
A particular man played piano in a bar. He was a good piano player. People came out just to hear him play. But one night, a patron told him he didn’t want to hear him just play anymore. He wanted him to sing a song.
The man said: “I don’t sing.”
But the customer was persistent. He told the bartender, “I’m tired of listening to the piano. I want that guy to sing!”
The bartender shouted across the room, “Hey buddy! If you want to get paid, sing a song. The patrons are asking you to sing!”
So he did. He sang a song. A piano player who had never sung in public did so for the very first time. And nobody had ever heard the song “Mona Lisa” sung the way it was sung that night by Nat King Cole!
He had talent he was sitting on! He may have lived the rest of his life as a no-name piano player in a no-name bar, but because he HAD to sing, he went on to become one of the best-known entertainers in America.
You, too, have skills and abilities. You may not feel as if your “talent” is particularly great, but it may be better than you think!
The question is not, “What ability do I have that is useful?”
The better question is, “How will I use whatever ability I have?”
God asks the same question. We are each blessed with our own unique skills and talents. God wants us to use them and bless others with them.
Watch this video about 13 yr. old Akiane Kramarik who discovered her amazing gift from God when she was only four years old! Has she painted a portrait of Christ? It is called “The Prince of Peace.” Her mother says of her daughter’s talent: “Serve other people, enjoy what you’re doing, and be together with the family.” We can expand that to mean God’s family.
May we be inspired to discover the gifts from God within ourselves!