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Barb’s Thoughts:

Several weeks ago we had a sermon on using the talents that the Lord has given us. The Bible talks about people having different talents and it is a wonderful thing that we are not all alike in our abilities. I think many of us can appreciate talent that we do not have. No one will ever ask me to sing a solo but I am blessed by those who do have that ability. Sometimes I think we tend to down play our God given talents or question what our talents are. God has created each one of us to be special, one of a kind, with our own unique abilities. Sometimes we may even ask “what are they?” I think if you look at what you love to do, that will lead you. Then comes the excuses. I am too old/young/busy/ not as good as others are, and on and on. But that is what they are – excuses. I think at different stages of life you may have different talents but God does not have a retirement plan for using our talents for him.

So how can we use our talents for God's glory? There is the talent of friendship and making others feel welcome and cared for. I had a friend who stopped going to church after her husband died because no one asked her to sit with them or spoke to her. That is sad. Making a phone call or sending a card can help another person feel like someone cares. Some have a talent for making delicious food and we all enjoy that! There are the other talents like teaching Sunday school, music, doing the liturgy, helping with special events, using computer skills, hospitality, and on and on. Where do you fit in? If the Lord should ask you how you used the talent that he gave you, are you going to say you were too young, too old, too busy, or not good enough?

Not sure what to do? Ask someone on the consistory if there if something you could do to help now that we do not have a pastor. I would be very surprised if they would not have something for you to do that would help them and the church. It is more important than ever that we all pitch in and do our part as one united congregation. If you have been feeling an urge to do something, maybe that is what the Lord is telling you to do.

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith, if it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach, if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”

Romans 12:5-8

“Give, and it will be given unto you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

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