What is a talent? Many of us have seen Britain's got Talent, or America's got Talent or American Idol. These all have to do with talents or skills that a person is either born with or has worked hard to become an expert at, but what if someone doesn't have a specific talent such as being able to sing amazingly well or play an instrument or juggle one hundred flaming balls? People without great talent should know what their gifts are. Even people with talent have gifts but they probably focus more on their talent than on any specific gift. But what are these gifts? They aren't special superpowers or insane acrobatic tricks; they are ordinary everyday actions that people take for granted.
For instance think of someone who you respect. Now think of why you respect that person. Is it because that person is compassionate? Or are they humble or caring? Encouraging, or selfless? Are they a leader or a teacher? Are they a giver, do they have discernment, are they loyal? All these are gifts that are important to a person's character. These gifts cut back on the negative side of things and are very important.
A gift is just like a talent in some ways. They must be practiced. If you are a leader, use your leadership capabilities and act on them for good. Show your compassion and if you have a giving spirit don't keep it at rest. If you use your gifts and grow in them you will be a blessing to someone and you might change their life. You can prove your loyalty by standing by someone or by being committed to your spouse and your children. Your compassion or encouragement and selflessness can lead you to help orphans, widows, people in need and even those who have turned against you. Plato, one of the great philosophers of ancient times stated:
"Each citizen should play his part in the community according to his individual gifts."
These gifts are not always easy. They need to be developed. They are used to give of yourself and to make a difference in a life.
Another aspect of gifts are spiritual gifts. This idea comes from the Bible in Romans 12:6-8 which says:
"Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness."
This passage is basically saying the same things except these gifts are in reference to the Holy Spirit which enters a person once they accept Christ. These gifts are special because they come from God. He gave them as "gifts" to us before we even existed. The spiritual gifts God gives us can be used for so many important things. But these gifts show us many of the other gifts we have that sometimes get pushed under the rug. It is possible to have more than one gift. But what we do with that gift is what matters. Will you use it to somehow benefit a world in need, help in your family, job or everyday life? Or will it stay hidden, swept away under the rug of life and never put to use.