I’m reading this book by Francis J. Kong entitled “Just When You Think You Can’t Do It… Do it!” It’s a compilation of his essays. Aside from getting this book at a super price-off (20 pesos for a 560pesos book, hardbound!), I’m loving his essays! Inspiring, encouraging and above all, a constant reminder of how God works in our lives.
At one he talked about a musician, actually he talked a lot about musicians – their passion, their discipline, their perseverance, and how they value their God-given talent (in spite of their situation) and use it to bring glory to our Lord. It made me think about my own God-given talent.
It can be hard to know which is which because we often confuse the want-to-be’s with the talent that we really have, and it doesn’t help when you feel talentless at all, because you think talent is just about singing, playing an instrument, acting, drawing or painting. Talent is anything that you are good with; and with discipline, practice, perseverance and the right heart and attitude, you can excel in. It can be in public speaking, in academics, in understanding people, in counseling, in writing, in hair-dressing, in sewing, in cooking, in baking, in interacting with children, in teaching, the field is soooo wide we all have our own space and mark to make. The sad thing is, not everyone of us realizes that, and not everyone of us aim for it. And some even see their God-given talent as a burden, as a job. We seem to want what others already have and neglect the talent-seed planted by God in us.
It’s about time we know what we’re made of, know what we’re capable of, cultivate our God-given talent and use it to glorify our Lord.
Because of what I got to read last night, I am in the process of once and for all determining where I can excel and to work on it. (: Writing is sure to be in the list. Daydreaming? Will that be counted? And i really have to take playing the guitar seriously, no more shortcuts, as it is an offering and service for our Lord. Go! Fighto-o!