Devotional – What’s Your Talent?

1 Chronicles 15:22 Kenaniah the head Levite was in charge of the singing; that was his responsibility because he was skillful at it.

What are you good at? Not just ok, not good enough, but really truly gifted at?

My tendency in life is to focus on the attributes that need some work. I’m always striving to become better at certain skills. I’ve been working on sympathy for years. Mercy is another “improvement needed” area in my life. In the struggle to maintain areas that have some rough patches, I forget that God has given me talents that I naturally excel at. Some of them are easy to spot.

If you’ve been around me any length of time, you very quickly realize that I talk…all. the. time. I’ve got the gift of gab, I’m a  chatty Cathy, could talk the hind legs off a mule (actually, the front legs too while I’m at it). No cat has ever been anywhere near my tongue. God used this talent in my life to help me become an awesome trainer for a large bank. I loved my job because it filled my innate desire to talk. Sometimes I had classes that lasted a couple weeks, where I would teach, explain, elaborate, tell stories and answer questions each day for hours on end. It was fantastic! I recently took a “find your strengths” quiz – communication was high on my list. I find it incredibly easy to put thoughts into words.

This little verse in my reading today stood out to me. In the midst of a list of all the Levites who were helping bring the ark of the Lord into the city of David was this little sentence about Kenaniah. He was skillful at singing, so he was in charge of it. I’m not sure why God thought He needed to remind me today to continue serving Him where I’m gifted.  Whatever the reason, this verse leapt from the page at me. And I’m so glad it did.

Remember, God made you special! You are better at certain things than anyone else in your life. Than anyone else in your church! You are more specifically talented than you can possibly imagine. You have a purpose, a plan, a design. When you find areas to serve God that line up with your talents, you will find joy and peace and strength that’s indescribable.

I have never felt more at peace in my service to the Lord. I’m energized and enthusiastic about what I’m participating in at my church. Why? Not because what I’m doing is so terribly special or important, but because it fits. Like a glove. It’s totally me. I encourage each of you to find your niche and start serving there. If you aren’t sure where you belong,  just plug in…you’ll know pretty quickly if it’s the right place. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Ultimately you’ll end up finding your spot, and then you’ll see just how special your talent is. God knew what he was doing when He knit me together – and He took the same care and consideration when He was working on you. What are you waiting for? Get out there and find your talent!

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