Talents

I played the piano for the nursing home service this afternoon. I was taking requests and sight-reading the hymns I did not know from the hymnal. Many times people have said to me, “I wish I could play like you do.”

They could. All they have to do is practice 2 hours a day for 6 years and play at every opportunity…even nursing home services. But few want to make the commitment and invest the time required.

We are all given 24 hours a day. It’s not a matter of time, it’s a matter of priorities. I still practice every day and I don’t watch much TV. Playing the piano is a priority for me.

It’s not that I have more talent than the next person, I just took the time to develop that talent. Those with a lot of talent are just individuals who developed their talent.

Matthew 25:28, “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver.'” NLT

When Luke shared this parable, he added a verse. Luke 19:25, “‘But master,’ they replied, ‘he already has ten pounds.'” NLT

The money was divided in proportion to their abilities. As servants, they would have been paid a set wage, the money given to them was capital. They did not get to keep the money, they were to invest it.

I love this translation of verse 29, “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” NLT

Use every talent you have been given. If you do nothing, you will get nothing.

Dear Jesus,

Thank you for the gifts you have given me and the reminder that I need to work on sight-reading! Thank you for the opportunities to play. Give me opportunities to develop all of the gifts you have given me.

Amen

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