As Uncle Ben tells Peter Parker in Spiderman, “with great power comes great responsibility.” Everyone has their own talents, and God wants us to use the talents and abilities He gave us, not bury or waste them. Whether you are skilled in hockey, dance, building things, writing, painting, making people laugh, teaching others, cooking… whatever it is, use it! He doesn’t expect you to be perfect, but that you will work on what you have to glorify Him and benefit others. He gets joy from watching you dedicate yourself to those abilities and doing your own part to multiply them. Nathan McKinnon said in a recent interview with The Hockey News that even though he had a good season and won the Calder Trophy, there are a lot of things he wants to improve and keep working on. “I don’t want to be a player that has just one good year and kind of has the same year. I want to get better every year.”
Even if you’re not a Wayne Gretzky or a Sidney Crosby, if you’re not rich or famous, it doesn’t mean that you haven’t been “given much.” We all have our own gifts that we can use right where we are. McKinnon doesn’t compare himself to Sid because “there’s only one Sidney Crosby. I just have to be the best player I can be and if I do that, that’ll be good enough for me.” The best way to thank God for the abilities He has given you is to work hard and use what you have been given, giving the glory and honour to Him.
Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.
Game Plan: Work on your talents regardless of whether anyone is watching. Whatever it is, do it for God and remember that with whatever abilities you have been given, it is your responsibility to run with them.