Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Growing Up

1 Corinthians 13:12
Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now.

In the movie A Bronx Tale, Robert DeNiro plays Lorenzo Anello, a man who is trying to guide his son away from the influence of organized crime. At one point De Niro tells his son, "The saddest thing in the world is wasted talent." He may or may not realize that he's describing himself.

Many of us are guilty of the same thing in our own life. We leave our talents unused, or used for the wrong principles because we lack the necessary wisdom.

In essence our character fails our talents.

Wisdom is seeing that our virtues and our integrity become unconditional successes in our life. When we’re on this track our talents will be used to the highest end possible because they will be fully yielded to Jesus.

If we will commit to living this way we will leave a legacy; a legacy that is created when the impact of our life surpasses our death because it lives on in others.

"Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world."
-Hans Margolius

Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those who sang best. —Henry Van Dyke

Romans 12:6-8
God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out when you have faith that God is speaking through you. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If your gift is to encourage others, do it! If you have money, share it generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.


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