|I didn't make this cake. I saw it on a friend's bbm page. The maker has some serious skills....|
And because I have readers who are not Christians I would summarize the story. It was a parable Jesus Christ used to illustrate his second coming and what God expects of us. The parable was about a king giving some of his servants different amount of talents according to their abilities and then he went on a journey. When he came back he asked them for an account on what they did with their talents. The first and second servants who had 5 and 2 talents each doubled it but the last servant who was given 1 talent did nothing with his talent. The King was angry and punished him (the last servant) accordingly.
When I was younger I used to pray seriously for talents. That time I thought that talents were either the ability to sing, dance, act or play a musical instrument. I just realised now that maybe I had some of those talents, I used to play the recorder when I was in primary 3 that should be grade 3 in the US. I was actually chosen with 3 other students to perform at a youth program on NTA 10 channel (my first and only time on television, I can still remember that day and it was really hot in the studio). Okay, that is enough bragging where was i? Yeah, I also loved and still love dancing but can't act or carry a tune to save my life.
So I used to feel really odd and sad because I never really developed my recorder playing talent or love for dancing. Let me say I don't think it was completely my fault. There were no dance classes or camps to help kids that time and when the music teacher that I loved was changed I quit music club. Yes, I am strange like that. I have quit so many things because of flimsy reasons....God help me. Later on in life I have discovered that there are so many talents not just singing and acting.
I discovered my love for writing in 2009/2010. I started because I just wanted to yap without any restrictions but I didn't even know whether I was a good writer. It was only when some of my doctor friends and random people said I was (I still think they are biased. I am not a good writer. I am just average i think) that I decided I should start taking my writing seriously.
I love writing to inspire people. I love writing from the heart. I don't really call my writing ability a talent, I call it one of my many loves. I love baking, I love make up, I love trying to grow healthy hair, I love posing for pictures (weird uhn considering I don't like selfies. Used to learn how to catwalk in my house when I was around 10 years old after watching video fashion....lol).
The parable today made me question what people actually do with their talents. The first and second servants invested their talents to show appreciation to the King. They say your talents would make a way for you. But when the way has been made what do you do with it? Do you think about yourself or about others? I look at some celebrities with so much talents who are successful and I see that majority of what they do is for themselves.
What I learned from the parable was that everyone has been given a talent according to their ability, talents if not encouraged would die (case in point...my recorder playing days) and that talents are given to each person for the betterment of others. The talents given to you should inspire people to be better, it should encourage and motivate people. It is not always about material resources. Everybody is so all about financial gains and me, myself and i nowadays.
Well that is all for now guys. I hope this post helps you rethink some of your actions.
Linda Ikeji's blog is up again, guess the noise got to google/blogger and they had to look into the issue sharply. And for those that were shouting copyright issue, didn't I say that that claim was baseless now did y'all see that it was. I gotta run, i need to take a little nap. I wish you guys a beautiful week ahead.
Thanks for stopping by....
P.S: what is the difference between a gift and a talent? Heard it was different. Can anyone explain?