We were created for a purpose and all were given special talents and abilities; but most of us spend a large part of our lives doing everything but what we were created to do. We don’t use our talents the way we should. (Matthew 25:14-30) Part of the problem is we look at other people’s talents and then think we don’t have any. We all have them, they’re just different tfrom that other person’s.
Use your talents now, don’t wait until you’re in your 50’s before you realize you’re wasting them. (Just think of all the missed opportunities in 50 some years. That’s sad.) You will never be truly happy unless you are doing work that uses your talents. And, if what you are doing uses your talents, you will succeed and be content because you are serving your purpose. Interestingly, if you read about and talk to people who say they are doing what they were created to do you will find that they are making a positive difference in other people’s lives, which makes their own lives worthwhile. If you’re not content and don’t feel that your life is worthwhile, then you’re not doing what you’re supposed to. You need to start making a positive difference in other people’s lives.
There are many volunteer opportunities. First Grace United Church of Christ of Akron has a wonderful volunteer program. To see other opportunities click here: Volunteer in Akron, Ohio. These give you a chance to help others without leaving your current job.
If you are a parent, you need to make a positive difference in your children’s lives. That is your purpose for now! Those children can’t take care of themselves, they need you to take care of them. They are totally dependent on others for their well-being. Are they being taken care of the way they should be? Don’t forget, God will hold you accountable for their lives. I know they drive you crazy sometimes, but look at them through God’s eyes. They are the most wonderful kids in the world!
Question of the week: What are your talents and gifts (Nothing is not an acceptable answer.) and how can you use them to make a positive difference in other people’s lives?
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