Today I want to share my thoughts about talents. I believe our Heavenly Father has blessed each of us, His children, with talents. These are special qualities, abilities and characteristics we possess. Some of our talents come naturally. Others are learned. All are improved upon with practice.
In the parable of the talents, we are taught that if we hide or waste our talents, we will lose them. Our talents are meant to be shared. They are ways we bless the lives of others and make our world a brighter place.
A great scripture verse about talents is in the Doctrine and Covenants. It says:
For all have not every gift given unto them; for there are many gifts, and to every man is given a gift by the spirit of God. To some is given one, and to some is given another, that all may be profited thereby. D&C 46:11-12
We might only think of talents as tangible things such as the ability to sew, bake, write, draw or play an instrument well. However, there are many talents which are often overlooked because they are less visible. Some examples might be the ability to listen well, to be considerate, to be a peacemaker, to word a prayer just the right way, to keep someone’s trust, to forgive easily, and to always be upbeat. These less-evident talents are just as meaningful as the tangible ones. Long after your neighbor has eaten your famous chocolate chip cookies, they will remember that you not only took the time to bake for them, but sat down and visited with them as well, easing their loneliness or sadness.
I just asked my daughter to name one of my talents as a mom. She said I’m a go-with-the-flow kind of mom and she really appreciates that! I am a calm mother, except in rare instances when my mama bear comes out! But it suits me to be relaxed most of the time, and sometimes other children call me, “Mom” because I make them feel a part of our family when they visit our home.
♥ Now it’s your turn! I would love to hear about one your talents, and whether it comes naturally or you have learned it. ♥