In "Ripley’s Believe It or Not" is a picture of a plain bar of iron. That bar is listed as selling for $5 per bar. If, however, that bar is made into differing items the value will change. For example, if we make it into:

  • A pair of horseshoes, it would be worth $50;
  • Sewing needles, it would be worth $5,000; or
  • Balance springs on a fine Swiss watch, it would be worth $500,000.

It is not the raw material that is important; rather, it is how that material is developed.

Each of us has been given abilities and talents by our Creator. As the scriptures tell us, some have been given more and some were given less. Yet the gifts we were given are unique for each of us just as God desired. Some of these gifts are spiritual in nature; some are in other forms.

Our gifts were meant to be developed and used for our own good as well as the good of others. God has given us our gifts as a way of serving God within this kingdom of God’s creation in which we live.

God never asks about our ability or inability to use these gifts. All God wants is for us to be available and willing to use these gifts.

If you are not sure what your gifts are, ask God to reveal your gifts to you. Then hang on.

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