Don’t Bury Your Talent

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Matthew 25: 14-30

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servantsand entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, and ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well-done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours” (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2025:14-30&version=ESV)

I want to encourage you today to use what you have. I don’t want to see anyone bury his or her talents. You have a purpose and something unique that you can bring to the table. No matter what your gifting or ability is there will always be obstacles that you will have to overcome and face.

What inspired me to talk about this topic was a phone call I received from a great friend that I hadn’t spoken with in years. About 10 years ago I met this awesome dynamic world-changer we will call her M. She had a passion to lead worship, and was going to a certain Christian University that had some killer talent in the worship department. She felt she didn’t measure up! In our conversation she reminded me of something I said to her 10 years ago. I said, “So what are going to do M bury your one talent, or are you going to use what you have?” She said those words stuck with her and she used what she had. I can say she has now led worship for some large dynamic churches and her one talent has grown and been cultivated.

I really don’t want to see anyone bury what he or she has. So here are three things to help as you walk out the plan and use what you have.

1) There will always be someone better!

Get over it now! If you wait to be perfect or the “best” to do anything you will always be waiting. When M said my own words back to me it convicted me. I started thinking of areas I was burying because I didn’t think I was as good as someone else. Seriously, nothing new would ever be started if we get caught up in the comparing game. Use your one to bless someone today! Don’t bury it. Your one talent can change someone’s world today.

2) You will be rejected

Anytime you step out there will always be someone to tell you what you can’t do, and what isn’t possible. I wish I could tell you everyone will love you and clap for you, but the reality is some people won’t like you. Deal with your insecurity now. If you don’t have an understanding of who you are In Christ discover it now. Deal with it because there are people who need what you have. Don’t bury your talent because you fear rejection understand some will reject you but others are waiting for what you can do.

3) You will want to quit.

Anyone who has as ever done anything will tell you they have wanted to quit. I’m not talking about quitting your job, career or a position somewhere; those are irrelevant and can change with different seasons. What I am talking about is quitting your dream, and burying your talent. There will be days you will want to quit, especially when you don’t see the results as fast as you would like to see them. Just don’t do it! Just because the thought of quitting enters your mind does not mean you failed. Just don’t quit. Quitting doesn’t only affect you; it affects the people around you. People you meet in the future will be encouraged to go on, and not bury their talent, because you went on.

I just wanted to encourage you today to use what you have whether it’s 10, 5 or 1 talent! Just don’t bury it! Use it! If you are using it I want to encourage you to keep on. You are making a difference, and someone’s life is being impacted today because you didn’t bury it.

– Tara

Break the Cycle

Have you ever shared your dream with someone and instead of hearing I believe in you! You can do it! They belittled your dream, your goal, and your assignment. Perhaps you were hoping for a Mordecai to cheer you and say you were brought to the kingdom for such a time as this. Instead you encountered Saul, someone jealous, and ready to haul spears at you.

I am convinced that most people at one time or another have faced rejection! From personal experience I can say that it stings more when it comes from someone who you valued but they didn’t value you back.The question is not if someone will reject you or your dream, but what to do when someone rejects you or your dream?

1) Don’t let what’s happen to you happen through you!

I was reading earlier this week about Joseph. If you have not read the story before check it out starting in Gen. 37, but here is the synopsis. God gave him a dream and his brothers hated him because of the dream. That’s what I always saw when I would read this story. They hated the dreamer, but the other day I saw something I had never seen before. It’s found in the verse right above where Joseph shared his dream.

It says, “ when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him” (NLT).

The bottom line is hurting people hurt people! His brothers felt hurt by their dad and they took it out on Joseph. Thankfully Joseph stopped this cycle he forgave, and his dream actually came true. He also delivered, and saved his entire family from famine. It seems that most people who have tried to kill your dream have had someone kill theirs. It’s so important to forgive! I know it hurt. I know their words or actions stung, but this world needs healthy leaders. Don’t let what’s happen to you happen through you. Stop the cycle, and forgive!

2) Be to the next generation what you wish someone would have been for you!

Years ago my husband and I were just starting out in ministry we were let go (which is a nice way of saying fired) from a ministry position. I was 5 months pregnant and we were now jobless, no insurance, and felt abandoned. I remember crying out to God saying I have no one!

I flipped on the tv which I know doesn’t sound very spiritual but I happened to be living in Tulsa where almost every station that Is local has some type of preaching on it. Lisa Bevere happened to be on, and said something that would become a defining life-changing moment for me. She said, “she use to ask for that mentor that person that would cheer her on and, mentor her until one day God said be to the next generation what you wish someone would have been for you”.

That statement hit me so hard back then. It changed everything. From that moment I chose to be for people, and their dream! To be that leader to others that I wish someone would have been for me especially in my earlier years. Just to clarify, I discovered that as I got my eyes off of myself and what I desperately thought I needed, God brought other leaders into my life that have spoken life to me and encouraged me. I’m thankful for those mentors. We do need each other! We were never meant to do life alone!

I hope this blog encourages you today to go and speak life to someone! You could be the Mordecai they needed.