How many of you have sat and listened to a preacher or motivational speaker list the gifts of the Spirit and then add fourteen or more other gifts attributed to humankind. They say some of us have only one gift. Failing to discern your gifts seems unforgivable! You listen attentively as you hear the speaker read the extensive list of gifts.

Maybe, I am different from the rest of you. I could never put a finger on my one, special gift. It made me uncomfortable to listen to the preacher talk about it, because I could not smile and say, that is my gift. I have the gift of ….

And then you sit and think—what am I to do? How do I use something I am not sure I really have? Does that make sense?

I once walked up to an evangelist after he preached a whole sermon on gifts, talents, and how to identify them … so we could appropriately use them. I asked him, “Can the ability to do little bits of lots of things be a gift? You know the saying … jack of all trades, a master of none?” He stared at me as if I was kidding, and my husband ran and hid. Then the evangelist cleared his throat and said in a very deep voice, “Well … yes, I believe so.” I guessed, from his reaction, that no one had ever ventured to ask him that profound question.

But I bet there are many people just like me, even though my husband keeps shaking his head and saying I am one of a kind.

Could your gift or talent be a big bundle of smidgens? A smidgen is a very small amount of something. But squish a bunch of smidgens together, pack them very tight, bundle the whole lot up where you can find them, and you just might have a talent.

            Go use your talents or bundle of smidgens for the Lord !  🙂 Please, scroll down and leave a comment.





6 Responses to YOUR TALENTS

  • Karen, I LOVE your blog…the rustic look, and your down-to-earth style are so appealing 🙂 and I so agree, I think we had have tons of smidgens of talents which we use everyday, and many times are so unaware that they are indeed, talents 🙂

    • Beth, thanks for your comment! I was glad to see you at the FCWC…a familiar face. I’m happy you made some good contacts there. That’s what it’s about, plus it’s fun.

  • Love it! I totally agree. I understand never being able to peg yourself, but I think being able to say that you have a little bit of a lot is a great thing. I know that as an artist I had many a teacher tell me to find a genre and stick to it, but I just couldn’t do it, so everything I do is all over the place, and it works for me. God definitely gave you the gift to write, so write on.

    • Sarah, thanks for agreeing with me about smidgens of talent. When my husband hears me say I’m a “jack of all trades and master of none”, he gets upset at me and says he doesn’t want to hear it. Ha. But I’ve always saw that I can do a little bit of a lot of things. I can take your sink apart and fix the drain, I can dig a footer and pour concrete, hang wallpaper, lay ceramic tile, install a fan or light, entertain children, write a story, draw house plans for you, sit with your grandmother, decorate a cake, take your kids camping, teach them to fish, teach Sunday School, etc. Ha. But…to say I’m an expert at anything, that’s where I back up and say, no. Oops, now I’ve written a book with this comment! Ha. Thanks. Keep doing what you do—yes, it works for you.

  • Karen, I think you were born to blog! Thanks for making me smile, and for encouraging all of us with smidgens of talents stored up for some great purpose in God’s timing!

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