There is a story about a boy called Antonio who wanted to sing in the Cremona Boy’s Choir, but was turned down for having a high and squeaky voice. Since Antonio loved music so much, he decided he would instead learn violin, but he was so bad at it the neighbours persuaded his parents to make him stop.

Yet Antonio still wanted to make music, despite everyone giving him a hard time because his only real talent was whittling. When Antonio was older he served as an apprentice to a violin maker. His talent for whittling developed into a skill of carving and his hobby became his trade. He continued to work faithfully and patiently. By the time of his death, he left over 1,500 violins, each one bearing a label that read, “Antonio Stradivarius.” Today, they are the most sought-after violins in the world and sell for more than $100,000 each. Antonio couldn’t sing, play, preach or teach but he combined his God given talent with his passion and hard work investing in it, and thus his violins are still making beautiful music today.

Zig Ziglar once said, “You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.” Are you investing what you’ve been given, regardless of how much it is? Or, have you buried your blessing and kept it hidden from others?

If your God-given talent is singing, dancing or playing an instrument join your churches worship team. If your talent is artistic but not performance-based like painting, drawing or sculpture, then paint, draw or sculpt. Hold an art class for your community. If your talent is teaching, study everything you can and then start teaching others. If your gift is communicating, find your favourite form of media and communicate and use your gift to communicate the Gospel. If your gift is administrative or organizational, it is the backbone of successful ministries everywhere. Use it to support, direct and organize.

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