If you see anything in a show like America’s Got Talent, you see diversity at work.  You may be more tempted to wonder if we’ve forgotten what talent is as you watch swords being swallowed and off-key singers perform with gusto.  Move on to American Idol tryouts or the cooking shows, dance shows, or any other form of survival by wit or wiles and it appears we’ve become obsessed by the search for talent.  We like seeing some people make fools of themselves, only to be awed by the gem, the amazing one who rises out of the ashes to become a star.

So here’s an idea. Let’s imagine God is auditioning, seeking the ones with talent, the ones who will perform like so many twinkling stars in His universe to make a difference, to light up the world.  The stage is set, the lights go on and your turn comes, you get to show your stuff, dance your heart out, reveal your talent.  Only this audition has one slight variation on the theme and it’s this:

You’re already a star!  You already have your name up in lights.  Your talent was given to you, nurtured within you and meant to be shared.  In fact, no one has the genius you do to perform your talents.  You’re unique, simply the best and all you have to do is be willing to share your gifts.  When you do, the applause is deafening,  you’re received with a standing ovation and you get to hear those awesome words, “Well done! Bravo! You amaze me!”  Your Creator is pleased.

The challenge to any of us is to stand up and be willing to use every ounce of talent we have. You have gifts the world needs.  In Corinthians, it says, “There are different ways to serve the Lord, and we can each do different things.  Yet the same God works in all of us and helps us in everything we do.”  So you can use your talent in any way that you want.  You don’t have to be like anyone else and more than that, you get help any time you want it, to grow, expand your talent base, utilize your gifts more fully.  Only you can perform with such grace and natural ability.

The best part of all is that you can’t use your talent up, you can’t run out.  It’s like love, the more you give it away, the more you share it, the more you have.  Anne Bronte said, “All our talents increase in the using, and every faculty, both good and bad, strengthens by exercise.”  So get ready, turn up the lights, and get out there.  There’s no limit to the possibilities, no end to the opportunities set before you.  Only abundance awaits.

Quiet desperation slips into the corners though, taking a bow every time you choose not to dance, not to sing, not to perform with the immeasurable gifts you’ve been given.   It’s time to discover what else awaits you, what other gifts may be hidden away.  You have no limits that are not self-imposed.  Your talent already exists.  The stage is set for you, the lights are going up now, the search is on and you’re absolutely incredible!  Take a bow!  Your Creator is well pleased and quiet desperation recedes into the mist every time you let your light shine.

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