Let’s Do It!
God has entrusted us
With treasures of great worth.
Hope and inspiration are ours.
God gives us each other – and Christ’s birth.
God gives us, by His grace,
The gifts of immeasurable treasure.
He gives us the abilities
To use these gifts without measure.
We don’t get to choose
What treasures we receive,
But we are allowed to choose
What we do or achieve.
To fulfill our life’s purpose
Or to ignore our responsibilities
Is a choice we each make.
What are your possibilities?
We can double our gifts
Or we can ignore or bury ’em.
We can share our gifts
Or we decide they’re too heavy to carry ’em.
We will be rewarded according
To the return to God on our gifts.
Our talents are ours to use or
We’ll watch dismayed as our reward shifts.
God will take from the selfish
The wonders He placed in their hands.
He’ll rebuke the ungrateful ones
Who ignore His service demands.
So, are we giving back double
The abilities God generously gave us?
Do we accept them and honor Him
By using the gifts that can save us?
He gave us comfort so we
Can return comfort to others.
He gives us perfect directions
For how to use our gifts for our brothers.
So, let’s do it!
-based on a sermon by Rev. Jean Johnson
-reflecting on Matt. 25:14-30
In 1936, when my mother and father were newlyweds, my mom collected more than a dozen poems, cutting them out of the weekly newspaper in Newman, CA, the WestSide Index. Mom lived two states away from her family and friends, who were in northern Washington. Missing her own mother’s wisdom and daily advice, she posted selected articles on a piece of cardboard inside her kitchen cupboard door. Today that yellowing collection of wisdom, still on its original cardboard, is tacked inside my kitchen cupboard door. It’s a constant reminder of the power of words and the influence of a mother who valued the them.
Here is one of my favorites:
The Secret of Success (author unknown)
“What is the secret of success?” asked the Sphinx?
“Push the button,” said electricity.
“Never be led,” said the pencil.
“Take pains,” said the window.
“Be sharp in all your dealings,” said the knife.
“Always keep cool,” said the ice.
“Be up to date,” said the calendar.
“Make light of your troubles,” said the fire.
“Never lose your head,” said the match.
“Find a good thing and stick to it,” said the stamp.
Notice that each “secret” is linked to the attribute of the one speaking. Therein lies the real secret to success in my opinion. Find your natural talents, develop them, and use your gifts to build success. What is YOUR secret of success?