Take a few moments to consider what it would be like to receive a personalized gift from God. What would you do with it? How would you treat that gift?
God has given us many gifts, one of which is our talents.
Bud Nations understands the importance of sharing his talents. As an 8-year-old boy growing up in the Midwest, his father taught him how to play the guitar. Music touched him deeply from a young age.
As it does for all of us, time passed and life became hectic. Bud considered giving up music, but a conversation he had with an inspired uncle changed his life forever.
“Are you still playing son?” his uncle asked.
“Yes sir,” Bud answered, “but I’m thinking of quitting.”
His uncle looked at him in disbelief and said, “Oh no son, never lay down a talent the Lord has given you. Many people would love to have that gift and can’t even buy it with money.”
Bud took their conversation to heart.
From that time forward he’s used his gift to sing about and to God. For several decades, Bud has been building guitars and is involved with playing music at a local church he attends. His music has touched and changed hundreds.
One person, one talent—yet no one can measure how many lives have been influenced by Bud’s music. He has chosen to honor the talent God gave him.
Like Bud, we all have days when our talents don’t feel valuable enough to nurture. Perhaps we feel they aren’t polished or significant enough. May we remember Bud in these moments. May we remember the reward promised in the parable of the talents, to those who use what they’ve been given wisely:
“Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:23)
What talents has God given you? One person, one talent—how many will you change for good?