Feeling small compared to everyone else? Discover how using your talents well right where you are fits into God’s plan of bigger and better things for you.

Are You Using Your Talents Well?

“Dream big!” all the so called experts tell you. Followed up with some version of; “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”

This mentality turns life into a constant hustle, and turns me into an overwhelmed, stressed out, “I’m failing” mess. As an achiever, I will never be content among the stars when the moon is my goal.

God knows my inclination to strive at all costs, so in the midst of planning out the year He gave clear instructions; not this year…no dreaming big, no shooting for the moon…stay small and do well with what I already gave you.

The same message gets repeated every time my mind wanders to bigger and better things. “Just do well with what you have.”

I didn’t understand why I should remain small when so-and-so over there was shooting for the moon, but I obeyed. If I learned anything in the last year, it was that going against God’s will never worked out very well.

Feeling small compared to everyone else? Discover how using your talents well right where you are fits into God’s plan of bigger and better things for you.

So I faithfully ignored my stats and reeled in my thoughts when “bigger and better” carried them away. I tended to my small space on the internet and spent more time with God.

After three weeks of obedience, God offered me insight on being small through the parable of the talents. (The story is too long to quote here, but I encourage you to read it for yourself in Matthew 25:14-30.)

In the parable, a man calls upon his 3 servants to entrust them with his money (talents) while he travels. To one servant he gives 5 talents, another 2 talents, and the third servant, only 1 talent.

When the man returns home his servants come to him with his money. While he was away, the first two servants used the talents wisely and doubled his money, but the third servant hid his talent and therefore only returned one.

The first two servants received the same praise from their master, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”

This is true of your talents too,” God whispered as I finished reading.

I mentally listed my talents: writing, learning, studying, eye for design…and of course my spiritual gifts: wisdom, teaching, and administration. God entrusted these talents to me and he expects me to use them well.

Like the master in the story, God knows exactly what to give each of us.

And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.” Matthew 25:25 (emphasis added)

Remaining small is not a punishment, but a demonstration of God’s grace. God knew my days were already full…no time for new projects. He knew weariness lingered at my door every night…no margin left for a longer to-do list.

Being small doesn’t mean not growing, but doubling instead of quadrupling. I can foster what I have, helping it grow without aiming for it to explode.

Small is a gift during a busy season of life; His reminder that I am not just a blogger, but a wife, mother, and friend. Our whole lives matter to God.

I need not concern myself with the blogger shooting for the moon while I sit on the floor with a toddler. Perhaps God entrusted her with 20 talents…Or just maybe, she was like me once, faithfully using her 2 little talents until one day she heard, “you have been faithful over little, I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”

Through smallness we learn to be good and faithful servants, and through faithfulness God brings us into his joy, blessing us beyond anything we could dream up.

“Actually, the real game of Bigger and Better that Jesus is playing with us usually isn’t about money or possessions or even our hopes. It’s about our pride. He asks if we’ll give up that thing we’re so proud of, that thing we believe causes us to matter in the eyes of the world, and give it up to follow Him. He’s asking us, ‘Will you take what you think defines you, leave it behind, and let Me define who you are instead?’” –Bob Goff, Love Does

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12 thoughts on “Are You Using Your Talents Well?

  1. I love this post, Kira. Thanks for sharing and helping me to remember to just be faithful with what I have been given. God’s in charge of the results, whether big or small, but I need to be content in my relationships with Him.

  2. This was an excellent post, Kira, and a great reminder that God’s ways may not necessarily be man’s ways. God’s ways are always far better! Thank you for the challenge to use our given talents well and not to get carried away wishing we had someone else’s gifts!

    • I love that God knows what we can handle, because if I had tried to attempt those big ideas God said no to, I would be failing right now. God knows what He is doing and we can always take comfort in that truth.

  3. Love this post so much!! It expresses how I’ve been feeling lately – wanting to charge on into bigger and better (in my eyes) things, yet feeling that it may not be what God wants for me in this season. I have teenage girls who need their mom to be present, not wrapped up with other tasks all the time. I also have a husband that I want to focus on and encourage as much as possible.

    May I graciously accept my talents from His hands, use them to the best of my ability, and leave the greatness or smallness (in the world’s eyes) up to Him.

    • Yes Tracey! Exactly what God was telling me; you have other, very important, roles! God wants us to be good moms and wives too.

  4. Such a good reminder when comparison sets in, Kira! It’s so easy to do. Blogging is a hotbed of comparison, isn’t it? As I continue to learn more and see the ministry grow I, in turn, dream bigger and bigger. Then I get frustrated because, like you, my life situation doesn’t allow me the time to pursue all that I dream of! God is working on me, though. Peace in the little seasons where I’m allowed a few extra hours and even in the seasons where the hours are virtually nonexistent! Great post! Thanks so much for sharing hope at #MomentsofHope!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

    • The more I share about feeling limited and small as a blogger, the more I hear “me too.” It is so nice to know we are not alone! Thanks for stopping by, I love linking up with Moments of Hope when I get the chance.

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