We’ve all heard the saying “the road to hell is paved with good intentions.” I think there is a lot of wisdom here.
Another way of saying that is, “your dream does not matter.”
Wait, what? I thought you were all about encouraging people, now you’re saying my dreams don’t matter?”
Well, yeah, I am saying that because, in all honesty, they don’t. They don’t matter one iota if you don’t do anything about them. All the God given talent in the world is not going to mean squat if it stays inside the wrap – unopened.
I could cite several instances where “natural” talent – the mainstream media has to call it that because they refuse to give God credit for anything positive – goes to waste because the gifted person does not put in any work to harness, improve or perfect what they’ve been given.
You see it often in athletics, guys that never live up to their college success. These guys dominated at every level they played until they reached a level where everyone else dominated as well but were not willing to invest the time to reach their full potential.
Heck, I have seen guys with a 1/3 the talent be more successful and for one very simple reason – I apologize in advance for having to use a four letter word here – but these disappointments refuse to do the work.
Ouch. Can I say that on the internets?
In some cases it may be laziness in others it could be indifference – I don’t know but I know it makes me sad and I don’t want to see you make the same mistake – yes, I am pointing this post DIRECTLY at myself, I spent a child free weekend thinking about writing, planning to write and you know what I did? Not write. So, I know what I am talking about. In this I am an expert.
Don’t be an expert – at least not in this.
Whatever it is that God has placed on your heart, whatever abilities God blessed you with at birth WORK on it to make it better. Get the most out of it. These things are like muscles if you don’t use them they will atrophy. They’ll end up flabby and out of shape. Before long, you’ll prefer to sit and eat pork rinds and spray cheese than even think about doing what you’ve been called to do.
Over time, you may even lose the ability.
I believe that God has placed each one of us here to do a specific job but if we refuse or are unwilling he’ll give our opportunities to someone that will eagerly do them.
I am reminded of the scripture that says, “…the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked (Luke 12:48 NIV).”
Notice what the last line said? “…and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
In other words, use it or lose it.
You said it all!
This past Sunday we discussed Luke 12:48. One thing that stood out was what one lady said about people not using their God given talents, instead they are focusing on what God has given someone else. God knows what each of us can handle, we shouldn’t envy another’s talent and neglect our own.
Good point. We do, at times, focus too much on what others have – and not limited to just talents – and in both cases we rob ourselves of the opportunity to glorify God with our lives and steal from Him too.
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oh boy.. that spoke to me…
looks like i need to start intentionally working on my gift instead of just whenever i feel like it and stop to just dream about my dream…
i don’t want to end up like the guy in luke who burried his Talent and hid it instead of investing in it and using it for God’s glory.
thanks for the blog + wake up call!
Thanks for stopping by and commenting and the compliment. I appreciate your time more than you know.
I think, as you put it, “dream[ing] about our dream[s} is common for all people but a trap for the Christ follower. I look at that story of the talents often – given my propensity for “dreaming” myself and, like you, don’t want to be that guy!
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