I have convinced that there is enough talent and ability in the world today to make this planet a much better place.
The problem is not, "are there enough people with the skills needed to change our work," but "are we using what we already have?"
In the movie "A Bronx Tale" the character played by Robert DeNiro tells his son, "The saddest thing in the world is wasted talent."
Too many of us are guilty of this—we live beneath our talent. We settle for accomplishing a little instead of a lot.
For example, there are people with a great story to tell—but they will not write.
And there are people with fantastic leadership skills who will not pursue opportunities to lead.
And there are people with bright business minds who will not risk self-employment.
And people blessed with musical ability who won't get in front of an audience.
What holds us back?
As a pastor, I've heard every possible excuse.
Maybe it's fear. Maybe it's laziness. Maybe it's lack of self-confidence. It's different for each person - yet the same.
Here's what I know: God is not the one who says, "Keep your talent to yourself. After all, you're just an average person; what makes you think you can succeed? What makes you think you be a leader?"
God's method has always been to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things. H
He used the son of a slave to lead God's people to freedom;
he used a shepherd boy to defeat a powerful giant;
he used a man in exile to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem.
And he can use you. Don't live beneath the level of your talent.
Ask yourself this week: "What am I good at doing that I am not doing? What talent have I not yet put to use?"
Look for opportunities to do the things you do well. Put your skills to work.
God has given each of the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. If you gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly. (Romans 12:6-8)