If you’re a fan of American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, or any of the other reality shows that give the would-be, wanna-be, might-be, what-were-they-thinking be’s out there a chance to shine, then you recognize that there really are a lot of people with genuine talent. Most of us that are drawn to those shows, are drawn in part because we enjoy seeing the underdog win and we like to think that perhaps in another time or place we might have given one of those shows a shot ourselves. I still remember wanting to be a singer or a model as a young teenager…thank God, He steered me in another direction!

My question to you though is, “What are you doing with your talent?” You have enormous gifts that are every bit as enviable as those you see on the flat screen of your TV set. Oh, your talent may not be the kind that can be packaged and turned into liquid gold, but it is a gold-plated gift just the same and it blesses the lives of many people around you. In fact, your impact can not be measured for the value it brings to others.

Erma Bombeck was known to have said this about her talent. “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, “I used everything You gave me.”

She’s certainly an amazing example of someone who used her talents well and I hope we can say that too. Whether your talent means that you can crochet like nobody within five miles, bake an apple pie that leaves the neighbors pining for an invitation, or guide the wanna-be singers at church so that they sound like heavenly angels, you’ve got a gift that’s meant to be used. You’ve got talent!

This week, thank God for what He has given you. Stand up and stand out because others need to know you’re there. Be counted because you’re an “Idol” to someone and you make it possible for someone somewhere to dance among the stars. Share your heart, your smile, and your gifts because your talent was meant to be on the lamp stand, not under a bushel. No excuses. Remember that now familiar phrase from Leo Buscaglia who said, “Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”

We may be in information overload and we may be bombarded with news that we don’t even want to digest with our morning cereal, but we’re not out of solutions because we’ve got you. We’ve got the talent you were given to remind us of all we can be and all we were meant to be. Reach up, reach out, even go beyond your reach to develop the best possible you. Use up every ounce of what God gave you so that when the day comes, you’ll be in smile heaven. There will be thundering applause for the amazing YOU and you’ll get a rightful chance to take a bow. Actually, in God’s view, you’re already number One!

Remember, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17

See your name is already up in lights. Thanks for sharing your gifts with all of us. Consider this a standing ovation!

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