😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace be with you. You’ve been there. You know you have. You’ve buried your talents, hidden them away. Maybe it was because you didn’t quite know what to do with them. Maybe you didn’t really understand them. Maybe you were just lazy and didn’t want to have to work at them. Maybe the thought of your talents scares you. Yes, at some point probably everyone of us were like the servant in Matthew 25: 14-30 who buried the talent his master gave him, in order to give him back exactly what he was entrusted with. God used this Gospel reading Sunday to bring home the fact that I’ve been putting Him off. For the past few months He’s been planting seeds to get me to move, develop, use, and multiply the talents He’s given me. But I keep telling myself, “Life is good. I’m at a point that I can do what I want, when I want and not have to worry about any “real” commitments other than work.” Maybe you haven’t experienced this, but I’ve been a bit selfish with my time lately. I want that freedom and lack of commitment so that people don’t have to rely on me. Can you relate? But you know God. He knows we can be selfish with our time and talents so He keeps talking with us and patiently waits for us to move where our talents are needed. Not for our sake, but for the good of others, He patiently waits for us to move. This makes me think of a tree that a couple friends and I saw Sunday afternoon while hiking through John Bryan State Park. It was an older tree, straight and tall. I know that doesn’t seem too unusual, but as we looked more closely, we saw that the trunk was completely twisted. I can’t help but think how much taller that tree could have been. How much higher it’s branches could have reached, if the trunk wouldn’t have been all twisted. But yet, the branches didn’t seem twisted, only the trunk. We can get lost, wrapped up and twisted in our own world and as God invites us to grow, He’ll send out that straight branch from our core reaching out, moving in the direction of the Son. He will guide us in directions we hadn’t planned. He will grow us to reach potential beyond our estimations and expectations. But He is never growing you, just for you. He knows there is so much more to you, so much that we have to offer and share with others. Lord, I pray that we/I follow your lead. We/I look beyond our/my own wants and needs to see and move toward the lives You are preparing us/me for. No fear. No Doubt. Be my fortress and may Love lead the way. Bless others and be blessed.
#TaurenWells – Famous For (featuring Jenn Johnson)