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Talented (message by Kim)

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Kite festival this Saturday, 10 to 4!


Thanks Kim for sharing a message close to your heart!

Matthew 25:
14-30 The Parable of the Talents
What is the
definition of Talent.  I became curious
The origin
is from the Greek Word Talanton .  This
was used to describe a unit of money or weight.
The weight
varied among different peoples and different times.
A Roman
Talent might be valued at 500
An Attic
talent at 1200
A Babylonian
talent at 2000
As time went
on, the theologians of the Latin middles ages began to give talent a figurative
meaning. To use is as if it meant “natural ability” . The figurative usage
became predominant .
Webster
dictionary has the top definition as a special gift..athletic, creative or
artistic.
In the
Matthew story a theme is gathered: People should make good use of their natural
gifts.
This is my
message to you today
1 Peter
4:10  “As each one has received a gift,
minister it to one another, as good steward of the manifold of God race” God
has given each one of you a variety of strengths, talents and gifts. God
expects us to use these gifts in His service. Putting them on a shelf or hiding
them or feeling that the gift you have doesn’t really make a difference is not
honoring our Heavenly Father. Every gift you have is important or God wouldn’t
have given it to you. All of our gifts, strengths and talents are uniquely
given to us.  Remember Ephesians 2:10”
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God
prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” What did HE create… Your
strengths, your gifts, your talents!!!
Be Proud of
who you are or should I say WHOSE you are! A child of the living God! Our
mission here on Earth is to serve others. Our Church mission is to serve
others. We each have a part to play and a mission to complete and God has
equipped us with specific strengths and gifts and talents to get the job done.
Am I , are YOU , are WE  doing our  part???

In my
confirmation class, one of our trips is to Wesley Village. The students get an
opportunity to create a church service for the residents. The students learn
how to create a Service that is fitting for the Wesley Village residents. We
follow the basic pattern of worship that is found in our United Methodist
Hymnal as well as in our Sunday bulletin. Our Bible passage was what was read
today. Matthew 25 14-30, the Parable of the Talents. In preparation to share
the story with the residents, we spent time exploring our gifts, our talents.
 I don’t think we spend enough time on
exploring our strengths, our gifts, our potential to learn and be creative. Did
you ever notice it is easier to identify what you’re not good at or your faults
rather than what you are good at or your strengths. OR we have a tendency to
compare ourselves to others. Thinking their gift is better. Did you ever stop
to think you are most likely comparing your weakness to their strength?. Be
grateful for their strength and be grateful for the strength God gave you. Delegate
what not is strength
Romans 12: 6
says “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us.
Let us use them”!
One of my
strengths is enthusiasm, and connecting with others. My not so great strength
is office work . So I delegate that to my office assistant. Another strength I
have is creating a social atmosphere. My not so great strength is cooking so I
delegate that to my husband
My students
identified their strengths to share with the residents at Welsey Village during
our sermon. Pastor JP read them to you a few Sundays ago. I will read them to
you again. Alex wrote : my strengths are a problem solver and tolerance of
failure. “My first talent is problem solving. I use this talent in my boy
Scouts career. In Boy scouts, this can be used for if you are lost in the woods
and your need food, shelter, etc. I could also use this strength of puzzles ,games,
etc. My second strength is tolerance of failure. I can also use this in Boy
Scouts career. For example if you are trying to tie a certain know and it won’t
work for you. Keep trying and do not give up on your 1st attempt
Victoria wrote:
One of my talents is being a good listener,. .  No matter who you are I will always trip to
help you if you need. I love to help older people and younger children.
 One of her friends told her, You are always
there for me and I can tell you anything when I am upset or mad and you help me
through it”
While we
were at the nursing home, we asked the residents what their gifts were and
still are.
I believe it
is important no matter what age we are , We identify our strengths, gifts and
talents. Ask God to help us find a way to use them all. How can we be HIS hands
and feet today.
When you
came in today. You were given sticky note. I want you to write down your
strengths , gifts and talents on the note. Come on up and stick it on the
board, letting God know that you are using your gifts or will be using your
gifts to HONOR HIM
Thanks!
We all need
to hear God say to us : “ well done, good and faithful servant; you were
faithful over a few thing, I will make your ruler over many things. Enter into
the joy of the Lord
Doing
nothing with our gifts is not an option. We don’t want to hear: You wicked and
lazy servant”
Don’t bury
what God has given you. Matthew 5:14-16 says” You are the light of the world. A
city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden ( well, here we are in Mountain
top) Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand,
and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your lights so shine before
men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”