This weekend was Anne’s dance recital. She has been taking dance for a number of years and each year we see marked improvement over the previous year. We have been seeing that there is a natural talent there, and now we are staring to see that talent become more honed and disciplined. And that got me to thinking about the talents and abilities that God gives to us.

We may have a natural talent or ability that makes us good at something, but that doesn’t mean we get to stop there. We have to take what God has given to us and use it. We have to practice certain skills, we have to make an effort to not just rest in the fact that we have been given a talent, but we need to use that talent for the glory of God.

Where would a talented concert pianist be without hours and hours of rehearsal? How good would a gifted speaker be if he didn’t spend time crafting the words he speaks and speaking at events? Would Michael Phelps have been a gold medalist without training his body that was made to be good at swimming?

Not all of us are gifted with the ability to dance, but we were given special talents and abilities that are ours and we need to put in the time needed to hone and develop those talents and abilities so that we can do them well and in a way that pleases God.

What is one of your talents that could use a little extra time and energy?