Wednesday, November 2, 2011

God Given Talents

     I love music.  It can do so many different things for the soul.  Some songs I like the sound more than the words and sometimes the words to a song speak to me personally or are just a great message.  I can't imagine anyone not enjoying some kind of music.

     I think I may have a certain appreciation for it because I can't sing or play any kind of instrument.  Those things can be learned, but most of the time they are God given talents. 

     I have a lot of songs I really like to hear on the radio right now, but I am just fascinated with Adele's voice.  She sang "Rolling in the Deep" and now has "Someone Like You" playing all the time.  She, to me, has an amazingly strong voice.  It is really unique and just stands out.  She is having some trouble with her throat and it has been said in the news that she has to have surgery.  There have also been rumors that she has throat cancer, but many sources say that isn't true.  She supposedly has some problems and is expected to make a full recovery from surgery.  She did cancel all her shows through the rest of the year.

     It is confusing and frustrating when you have been given a talent and don't understand why you hit a bump in the road.  We all know one day we will be told why we have had to face certain things, but all you can do until then is have faith.  That is really the most important thing at all times.

I love these Bible verses:

Romans 12:4-8

4) Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5)so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  6) We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.  If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.  7) If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;  8) if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

     It is easy when we have a God given talent.  Those things come to us naturally.  The hard part is sometimes finding what your special gift is. God has a very special plan for all of us.  Even when we have multiple gifts sometimes He has a way of leading us toward that one specific thing He wants us to do.  That is hard to understand sometimes.  Even if you may be good at several things you have to trust God to take you in the direction that is meant just for you.  I try to explain that to my kids when things don't always go as they would like, but it can be hard to take in at times. 

     My daughter's favorite quote is "Everything happens for a reason".  I love that too.  Even though I love hearing Adele sing, I think it is hard for us to remember that those God given talents are given to us solely for the purpose of serving God.  That is our whole reason for being on this earth.  It can be hard to remember sometimes because everyone stays so busy, but I have to remind myself that all the things I stress over don't really matter if they don't serve the purpose of serving God.

     I heard one of Adele's songs earlier and it just got me to thinking about the precious gifts God gives to us and how important it is to appreciate them and use them to serve Him.  Maybe those bumps in the road are just God pausing our lives for a minute to remind us of how to use those special gifts.

What is your God given talent and how do you use it to serve Him?

Here is the video for "Someone Like You".



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