I think that sometimes, some of us are afraid of our talents and dreams. We know they are there, we know that we love them, we know that we would absolutely LOVE to use them, but we leave them alone... because of fear.
Fear that we won't make it.
Fear that we aren't good enough.
Fear that no one else would consider us talented.
Fear that it wouldn't be practical to pursue them.
Fear that our dreams are silly.
Fear that we will disappoint.
This list goes on.
But let me tell you... fear is the killer of hope and dreams
It is nothing but a lack of faith.
It is putting all of the weight on our shoulders.
It is us allowing ourselves to think that God has lost control and has left everything up to us.
And that couldn't be farther from the truth.
The only thing we are biblical allowed to fear is God. And fearing God doesn't mean trembling in a corner because He is so scary. Fearing God means standing in awe and revering Him. Because He is everything.
God created us. And with each person he formed, he designed unique talents to go along with them. He made yours ESPECIALLY for you.
You might think there are a million other people in the world with your specific talent... but that is not true. There is no one out there EXACTLY like you.
Today is a day set aside to remember and celebrate our freedom.
It is your freedom and your privilege to exercise your God given talent.
Don't let another demeaning word, haughty look, or self-conscious thought take that freedom away from you.
Do not bury your talent. God wants to use to to bring glory to His name. :)
"God gave you specific talents and abilities to use in fulfilling His plan and purpose for the ages. He made you to bring glory to Himself... to have fellowship with Him and to be in a close, intimate relationship with Him. I can think of no higher purpose than for a person to be a close personal friend of God and to use the talents that God has given him to the best of his ability all the days of his life...
It is for this purpose that the Holy Spirit helps and guides us on a daily basis."
Charles F. Stanley, Day by Day God's Way