When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, “I used everything You gave me.”
I like that a lot. It reminds me of the parable of the talents when the Master gave each of his servants some money and said, “Go see what you can do with that.” It reminds me of my husband David, too.
If you ask David, he’ll tell you that he doesn’t have any talent. That depends on what you mean by talent. He loves to sing, but he can’t carry a tune and has no idea what I mean when I tell him he’s changing keys in the middle of a song. I tried to teach him to play the piano, but that’s definitely not where his talent lies. But he’s a pretty handy guy to have around, and he uses that talent.
A couple of weekends ago our church had a work day helping a couple who were cleaning up and rebuilding after a fire. He said he didn’t have the building skills to be useful, but he went anyway. He came home after several hours, tired and dirty, so I know he did something to help.
He’s also good with finances. He took over Mom and Dad’s business affairs when Dad could no longer handle them, and he talks with his mother several times a month to help her balance her checkbook and make investment decisions. He’s also pretty busy this time of year as friends come to him for advice on their income taxes.
He’s good with motors, too. Yesterday a friend complained that he couldn’t get his lawn mower started and was going to have to replace it. David offered to take a look, and after a few minutes of tinkering, the mower was up and running again.
His real talent, though, is with computers. He’s helped install many computers and software packages and helped untangle many messes created by uneducated users. He sometimes takes his computer to the Senior Center to take advantage of the Wi-Fi from the library next door to download updates. Seeing his expertise, several people have asked for IT help which he’s happy to provide.
Today we were invited to have lunch with a couple who were having problems getting on-line with their new laptop. It took several hours on a dial-up system to reinstall a program, find a missing password, and bring the users up to speed on the new computer. But we both enjoyed the company and the delicious lunch.
From what I can see, David is using everything God gave him. He doesn’t ask for or expect any payment, but based on the parable, he can expect one day to hear Well done, good and faithful servant. That’s a wonderful thing to look forward to, but in the meantime, grilled stuffed chicken breasts wrapped in bacon and double chocolate cake will do nicely.