Monday, July 21, 2008

Squawking Crows

While out on my morning walk this morning, the singing of the finches and cardinals seemed to be drowned out by the squawking and hollering of the crows. It brought to mind one of my favorite quotes:

"Use the talents you possess, for the woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except for the best." Henry Van Dyke

How often do we feel inadequate and feel as if we will never measure up to others who seem to possess more talent than we do? God has given each of us unique gifts and talents to be used for His glory. We will each have to give an account one day for how we used our gifts. The parable of the talents in Matthew 25: 14-30 helps us to see why we need to use our talents wisely. Two of the servants in this passage of scripture invest their talents wisely and are rewarded, but the third servant hides his talent and is rebuked as lazy and wicked. He allowed fear to stop him. How often do we allow fear to keep us from using our talents and investing wisely into the kingdom of heaven? Just as the noisy crows squawk loudly amidst the pretty songs of the finches and cardinals, we also must step out of our comfort zones and use our talents for the glory of our Heavenly Father. We all have different "songs" to sing, and each one is unique and has a purpose. When use our talents wisely, we will one day here these wonderful words:

"Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!" Matthew 25: 23

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