Good morning everyone! I have had a lesson cancelled this morning, so I have a little more time to blog about today’s Challenge (though I do still need to plan the one lesson I do have today)
So, here’s the prompt: Many of us are hiding talents up our sleeves, out of fear, vulnerability, or just not knowing how to use them. It’s a massive shame and a missed opportunity. So treat today as a second chance, and bring your lamp out from under that bushel.
And here are the Acts:
Think back to day one of 40acts. Search the list for any particular gifts or talents that you jotted down. Bring them to the front of your mind. Stick them on a Post-it note and leave them somewhere you’ll notice early in the morning; then actively look for places to cultivate your gift.
Many of us start developing our talents, but never make full use of them. What gift do you have that could be used to serve others, but needs honing? Do you need some help from others to get it off the ground? Do you need to practise or research? Take the steps you need to own your talent and tell someone about it.
If you’re already doing a solid job of looking after your gifts, could you pass them on? Could you offer your talents as a regular commitment to someone – or teach them and equip them to do the same? >
And you can read the full meditation over here
I seem to remember finding this similar Challenge difficult last time – not so much because I don’t know what my talents are (though I’m not totally convinced by them!) but rather because I’m not sure how God can use them.
But my experiences last Autumn/Winter has shown me a way. Regular readers will know that last October I was at the Convention of the Convocation of the Episcopal Church in Europe, and I made a few Christmas cards to sell, to support the amazing charity Phone Credit for Refugees & Displaced People. As a result of these, the Bishop of the Convocation asked me to design & make his 200 Christmas Cards for that year
Which I did. And I raised 400€ for the charity.
One of my talents is zentangle inspired art. I love it, and have done many pictures for friends. I made bookmarks for people at a conference, and created various cards and such like.
So, I am going to spend next weekend (Mr FD is away so there’ll be no-one to tut if I spend all day up in my study!!) creating some bookmarks, cards and pictures to sell to raise more money for this charity. Hopefully the good folk at Christ Church will back me up by buying these things, as after all, it’s no good making them if you can’t sell them!
If anyone reading this would like a picture/bookmark/card in exchange for a donation to the charity, please let me know. Here are some examples of what I have created (click on the image to see it bigger)