In the past month, I went away for a well needed time away. I went on a mini tour. Went to a cruise with my friend and my god daughter, then we church hopped in several cities in Florida, then I went to Pinky Promise in Atlanta, Georgia. Throughout that time, I was silent because I wanted to receive all that the Lord was showing/telling me and really just wanted to unplug and be refreshed. It was such a great time away!! Sometimes we’ve got to take a break from pouring into others so that you can receive. While I was away the Lord started to remind me of the talent that I keep trying to keep in a hole. My voice. My song.
My friends know that I sometimes suffer from extremely random shyness. Sometimes that thing is crazy! I am an outspoken person but can really find myself super shy when it comes to certain things (like singing). It’s almost crazy how I can speak to thousands of people at work but I have such a hard time singing in front of two. So I have been on a hunt to find my song (that thing I once buried). This has truly been such a hard lesson for me. Hence the long silence because I didn’t know what to tell the people.
The Lord reminded me of the story of the talents from Matthew 25:15-30. Basically the Master gave three people with talents according to their abilities. To one he gave 5 talents, to another 2, and to the other 1 talent. Later the Master returned to see what they did with the talents that He entrusted them with. The first two people doubled theirs, the last one that only had 1 talent, decided to hide it underground until the Master came back for it. Needless to say, Master was disappointed and took his one and gave it to the one who had ten.
I have heard this so many times but I definitely never stopped to think that I was the guy with the 1 talent. Singing has always been that talent I would just bury and pull it out for the master when it was time for the check-in (basically sing in the background). Sure enough, the Lord made it clear that I was not using my talent the way that I should. I should be making it grow, nurture it! In January this year, after years of fighting with the Lord, I joined the worship team (still currently dragging my feet to obedience). I found myself in a place where I could sing but “please no solos.” Too much attention to this talent that caused me to want to bury it further. So of course fear of judgement has always been surrounding my singing. At the conference in Atlanta, I attended a worship leaders workshop and they made it so simple. Keep singing so that you can keep singing. It is now my goal to use my talent to generate a better talent. Sounds overly simple but I know that it was not a co-incidence that the Word was aligned with that super simply lesson about how to perfect my skills as a worship leader. So now, if they pass me a mic, I wipe away the nervous tear and I step up to the challenge so that when the Master returns and asks me about this talent, I can be just as proud as the man with ten talents (who got that extra one in the end for his faithful work).
DIME: Nourish the talent(s) the Lord gave to you! If not, you may find that He takes it away from you. Don’t be mad at the one person that always seems to have/be good at everything. Be faithful with the little gift the Lord has given you and watch Him multiply it and then tell you Well done!
I pray you are blessed by this DIME. Let’s go out boldly and use our talents for the glory of the Lord and watch Him supply you with more!