I saw you when you put your backpack behind the door. I saw you when you sat down in the corner of the room where you like to lie down, hoping that, if you close your eyes, you will not feel or think anything. I know how
difficult it is to come back from that place where you buried your single
talent. I’ve done that several times. It’s like you are coming in defeated from
a battle field. You tried to do your best but nothing worked out, so you
decided to quit. The best thing you could do with your talent was to hide it in
a hole to protect it. At least, that was the only idea I could think of. I used
to hide my talent because I didn’t believe that there was anything special
I know how difficult it is to come back from that place where you buried your single talent. I’ve done that several times."
When I saw my friends’ talents, I always thought that
those were real talents. They knew how to speak in public and how to build
houses. They knew how to write a good article and how to organize a good event.
I, on the other hand, knew only how to smile and make children and youth feel
comfortable. My talent was nothing, when
I compared it to their big talents. My
talent seemed to be a coin: the smallest coin. When I went to bury my coin for
the third time I remembered that everyone is important to God, even the
children, and those not necessarily needing a house or a great speech. There
are people who only need a smile; there are children and youth who need to feel
welcomed in a new place. If I buried my talent, they would miss me, because
maybe no one else would do the same thing for them. Maybe you don’t know to do
great things but you can do things that no one else can. God put something
unique in you. Don’t burry it.
Sometimes when I look at you I remember me. I don’t like
to repeat something. I prefer to quit instead of repeating it over and over
again. I am a perfectionist. I am that kind of perfectionist who gets
discouraged very fast. I wanted to bury my talent after my first article that
had not been written very well. I was there, near the hole I dug, with my
talent in my hands. I was ready to drop it when God reminded me about this
verse: “A just man falls seven times and rises up again.” (Proverbs 24:16). I
think that this verse is very encouraging for those who are tempted to quit
because something did not work the first time around. Maybe perfection is not so
much about getting things right the first time around, but to not quit after
the first attempt. I’m asking you now, please, do not quit. Try it the
suggested 8 times – at least!
Maybe perfection is not so much about getting things right the first time around, but to not quit after the first attempt."
If you are like me, you like all the things that
start with great: great events, great people, great meetings, great everything.
You like to be somewhere where great things are happening. You don’t like to
spend your time doing common things, staying at home in the kitchen and cutting
potatoes, or going to work and doing the same tasks every day. I imagine how
you felt when you saw the coin you received and when you looked at your
friend’s talents. You felt discouraged. It seemed that God was unfair with you.
That’s why you buried your coin, isn’t
it? You don’t want to live the common life that God seems to have planned for
you. I want to remind you of something: Moses was a no-name shepherd before
becoming the great leader that you admire. Samuel was a janitor at the temple
before he became one of the great judges of Israel. King David was a shepherd
boy in the beginning and even Jesus started by being a carpenter. Don’t let
your coin stay there in a hole. Remember that he “who has been faithful over a
few things, will be made ruler over many things” (Matthew 25:23).
am one of those people who seem to have just a single talent. Perhaps you feel
the same way. I was a strange person. Sometimes I would think that I could do
nothing good, and other times I would think that I am too good to do only the
common things. Sometimes I felt like nobody and other times I felt like the hub
of the universe, albeit an undiscovered hub. Today, however, I am happy to
share that I am one who has finally dug up my only talent, cleaned it up and
put it to use. I did small things. I smiled. Sometimes I failed, but then I
tried one more time. I feel happy now. If you want to be happy also, here is my
advice: Go and dig up your talent too.
"Sometimes I failed, but then I tried one more time. I feel happy now."
WITH ONLY ONE TALENT
...Who does "intellectual property" belong to?
the moon and the stars of our solar system shine by the reflected light of the
sun, so, as far as their teaching is true, do the world's great thinkers
reflect the rays of the Sun of Righteousness. Every gleam of thought, every
flash of the intellect, is from the Light of the world (Education, p14).