YOUNG ADULT

DEAR TALENT-DIGGER

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

about it.



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."

Christina

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).

I

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."

YOUR FRIEND

WITH ONLY ONE TALENT

Random thought

...Who does "intellectual property" belong to?

As

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).

Christina

Neagu

BA Philology, French

language and literature, Pathfinder

Director, Romanian Union and Reporter, Hope

Channel Romania. 

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