This week I’m participating in leadership training to prepare for my role as a student leader in Campus Ministry. We did an activity that helped us assess our strengths and had discussions based on our results. We talked about how many programs encourage you to work on your weaknesses rather than identifying your strengths and emphasizing those. Most people are hesitant to talk about their talents and gifts because they don’t want to seem like they are showing off or bragging. This means that many of us have hidden gifts that we really should be sharing with others. I’ll never forget a quote I discovered while participating in a service trip: “Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” God gave us all certain gifts to make this world a better place. If we hide those gifts, we are letting Him down.
My trip to Tanzania made it very clear that I wasn’t using my God given talent to its full potential; namely my talent for writing. All the writing I did there caused my passion for it to be rekindled. I realized with perfect clarity that writing is what God is calling me to do with my life. When I returned home and heard my friends and family talk about how much they enjoyed reading this blog, it filled me with joy. Hearing them express surprise over how well I can write was a real eye opener however. These people who are supposed to know me so well; many of whom have known me for my whole life, didn’t know what I am most passionate about. That’s when I made the decision to stop hiding my talent for writing. Sure, I’m scared that people will judge me based on my writing, because it is a very personal thing. But God gave me this gift. I need to thank Him by using it to glorify Him and spread His message of love to the world.
“Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade?” – Benjamin Franklin