We’ve all been blessed with certain talents by our creator … even multiple talents.
Some of the talents are easily seen … like drawing or singing. I sure wish I could sing.
Others are not so obvious … like being detail oriented, good with numbers, or consoling to people in distress.
We’re surprised when someone we know starts using their talent for God … like celebrities. Avril Lavigne, the pop singer/songwriter sensation recently released a new song after a 5-year hiatus … and it’s a Christian song! A near death experience inspired the lyrics and her new direction.
Those who know me were probably caught off guard when I launched Genuflect because I’m typically private about my faith.
How we use our talents is completely up to us. Assuming we know what they are … not everyone recognizes their God-given talents.
And a busy schedule can interfere with applying our talents for God’s work.
If you’re interested in exploring your talents, Genuflect is here to help. This week’s resources present ideas to inspire you to discover the talents you’ve been blessed with and to find ways to use them as they were intended … to help others.
When meditating on Death, Judgement, Heaven, Purgatory or Hell, it is a very good profitable use of time to reflect on how we are using our “Talents” for God before we die. Each one of us have been given 5 or 2 or 1 talents by God. They are first and foremost to be used to gain souls for Him. Then comes using them to raise a family, learn, work, create and earn a living. Here are 12 talents or gifts from God.
God has entrusted to each one of us many gifts. Some of these gifts are life itself, a rational intellect, a free will, a span of time to live and to act, a particular personality, spontaneous likes and dislikes, a unique family, a local and national culture, a particular period of history to live in, an education or formation, friends, some material goods, work, and so on. I invite you to test this claim against your life to see if it is true.
Every person has hidden talents waiting to be discovered. We have unique gifts that God has bestowed upon us with the expectation that we will cultivate and share them with the world in a spirit of generosity. Here’s how to we reach within yourself to find your God-given talents.
Do you feel like a fish out of water? Your prolonged dissatisfaction, God-given gifts, passions and the voices of others could be telling you that you were created for another purpose. And like a fish out of water, if you feel like you are dying inside, listen up. It could be just what you need to push you into another, more satisfying ocean.
The Spiritual Gifts Inventory can help identify which spiritual gifts you have been blessed with and are challenged to use in living out your baptismal call to build up the Kingdom of God. It will take approximately 15-20 minutes to take the inventory but a whole lifetime to use your spiritual gifts.
Serving others is more than keeping up with your to-do list or volunteering for self-gratification. To be a servant means that you genuinely care about people, even the people society considers unlovable or unthinkable. Jesus lived a life of humility. Jesus encourages us to follow His lead and serve one another. Here are six ways to follow Jesus’ example of serving others.
Teaching kids to read and write is tough. Teaching them to be compassionate and willing to serve others? That’s a whole other ball game. Here are 15 ways to kids can serve others.
Laura Range writes: I have taken pictures of countless babies that the world will never see. I prayed for them and for their mothers as my heart shattered into pieces. I listened to stories of brokenness that most of us can only imagine. And sometimes I saw light pierce the darkness, experienced God’s grace do big things, and held babies whose lives were saved. I am a nurse sonographer and my heart was forever changed by doing ultrasounds at a crisis pregnancy center.
Avril Lavigne has returned to the recording studio after five years away. While her new single was surprising on its own, the content has even more people turning their heads. Avril Lavigne has shocked many people with what sounds like a worship song. It is a clear departure from the music Lavigne has produced in the past.
We’re not privy to what our guardian angels say about us, but artist Louis Hall, 54, enjoys imagining their conversations and antics in the comics about life, faith and eternity he creates primarily for young people.
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