We all have a talent, a gift we are meant to share. Most of us have many. Some of us don’t know what they are and blissfully use them by instinct. I think God smiles upon these people.
There are some of us who know we have a particular gift but for reasons of fear, psychology, or sin hide it. Psychology includes tormenting thoughts like– what will “they” think and/or I’m not good enough. Fear usually comes from thoughts like- I’ll be rejected. This makes weird sense of course. No one has ever done anything true without being disliked by someone. Sin? Often it includes pure laziness. Face it, we all hate working.
People sometimes think they need to ask why those blocks exist, as if there is an unconscious problem to be solved. That may help a bit but in the end knowing some deep why still won’t make us use our talent. Why ask why? The questions are what, where, how, and when.
What is this talent that nags the back of my mind and makes me feel ill at ease? Most of us know the answer to this so let’s move on. Where and how are we to use it? Sometimes we simply don’t know. Sometimes we know but it’s in a place that’s uncomfortable. New parents, parents whose children have launched, and newly divorced people often have these questions.
St. Francis of Assisi actually provided an example of how to answering these. Simply act. First he built stone churches and the next thing you know he rebuilt the people of God. Act and the Spirit will led the way.
So, when? The answer to this comes after we have answered the other three. Simply begin, now, anywhere. In the gospel today Jesus didn’t care about what, where, or how the servants invested the talents given to them. He didn’t the guy who hid them because of fear, psychology, and sin.
Get help for blocks that prevent you from acting even if those are simply based in confusion. After those are settled, act. The Spirit will do the rest.
Painting by A.N. Mironov, February 2013. This is an original work (Parable of the Talents) free to distribute but in no way suggests the author endorses this post or this blog. Found on Wikimedia Commons.