Tooting Your Own Horn: Utilizing Your God Given Talents
Updated: Aug 29
As Christians we are taught that we should be humble and not boast or brag about ourselves. Instead, we should engage in private acts of service and be thankful for the things we have. I stand behind this teaching, but in today's post I want to talk a little about utilizing the talents we have been given to serve others and serve God.
Being humble and not boasting does not mean that we shouldn't utilize our talents. God has given each of us a unique set of talents that we can use to make the world a better place.
Take a second to examine what you are good at. Can you sing? Can you write? Are you crafty? Are you good at organizing? Are you good with money? Are you good with relationships? Are you good at cooking? Make a list of three things you are good at. If it helps, label the list as three gifts God has given you.
We can all think of three things!
How can you use your talent to serve others?
Now that you have taken the time to come up with your three talents, think about how you can use at least one of them to serve others.
Examples of Using Talent For Service
Singing: Join your church choir, go to a nursing home and do a performance for the residents (they would love this), record an inspirational song and share it to your friends on social media
Writing: Write letters to people in need, start a blog, offer to help someone with a job application or resume
Cooking: Make food for home bound church/community members, deliver meals to neighbors in times of need (death, pregnancy, illness, etc.)
Money: Offer to help a friend with making a budget or preparing taxes
This list is by no means exhaustive, it just provides some ideas of how you can use your talents to help others.
Tooting Your Own Horn
Why would I label this post tooting your own horn when it is about providing a service to others? The reason is this, if you don't tell people what you are good at, if you keep your talents hidden, then you can't use them to help anyone. Sometimes, as Christians, we have to overcome our fear of appearing boastful and speak up and say "Hey, I'm good at that, how can I help?" It is as simple as that. This is especially important in our professional lives. We can't always sit quietly and hide our ideas, because if we do, we will quickly be replaced by someone else who is willing to speak up and act to solve problems.
What the Bible says about utilizing talents
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. -Romans 12: 3-8
Take a few minutes to sit with this verse. If you want, take out a journal and write about your talents and brainstorm some ways you can use them to serve your community and enhance your professional and spiritual life.