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Cultivating and Sharing Your Talents

By Mormon.org
Father and son sitting by fence with tennis racquets

You are amazing! Worldly voices incessantly whisper that you’re not good enough, that you don’t measure up, that you have nothing offer. But don’t listen to them, because you are amazing! You are a divine child of a divine Father in Heaven with divine characteristics and divine potential. You are God’s greatest creation.

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C. S. Lewis wrote: “It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship. … There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal” (The Weight of Glory). And in poetic language, William Wordsworth reminds us that “trailing clouds of glory do we come from God.”

Cultivate and Share Your Talents

Because of your divine nature, you have unique talents and gifts. Maybe you sing like an angel or bake a mean batch of cinnamon rolls. But your gifts, though no less important, might be less apparent. While this list is not all-inclusive, consider some of these less-conspicuous gifts: “The gift of asking; the gift of listening; the gift of hearing and using a still, small voice; the gift of being able to weep; the gift of avoiding contention; the gift of being agreeable; … the gift of not passing judgment; the gift of looking to God for guidance; the gift of being a disciple; the gift of caring for others; the gift of being able to ponder; the gift of offering prayer” (“There Are Many Gifts”); and the gift of creativity.

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What are your talents or gifts? Seek them out. Cultivate them. And then share them freely with others. You have something to offer that no one else can do as well as you. David Candland, for example, spends time each week singing to an elderly neighbor to brighten her day. While he admits his voice is not always on key, he shares his talent of love with others through his simple act of service.

What do you have to offer? As you discover your talents and share them with others, you will not only come to better understand your own worth in the sight of God, but you will lift others in your path so they may understand their value as well.

Interested in learning more about the talents and gifts available to you from a loving Father in Heaven? Come join us at church.