Stewardship of Talent

Talent is one of the most precious resources we have.  Yet, often, we misuse it as we are caught up in the busyness and distractions of life.

As a good steward of talent, it is important that we learn to set priorities and do the work that God truly wants us to do for him.  Each of us has been blessed with a unique blend of talents, so that we can use them here on Earth.  God gives us the talents to do many and varied things: To pray, to catechize, to care , to plan and organize, to teach, to speak, to write, to sing, to build and design, to fix and repair, to clean.

As Christians, we believe that our talents are gifts from God.  And, as followers of Christ, we know about his expectations to be good stewards.  Commitment to a stewardship way of life means not only using our talents, but also giving a portion back to God in gratitude.

Deciding what and how much of our talents to give back to God requires conscious, thoughtful study.  We need to determine such things as: what needs are not being met in my parish, my diocese?  What talents and skills do I have that can help meet these and other needs?  Should I sit passively waiting for someone to come and ask me for help, or should I step forward and volunteer?

Today is all we have.  If we wait for a better time to use our talents for God we may spend our whole lives waiting.  Talents do not wear out by sharing them with others.  In fact, they are enhanced.  When we share our talents to do God’s work in the parish, we also enrich ourselves by making new friends, learning new skills, and experiencing joy and satisfaction.

God is counting on us.  As St. Teresa of Avila reminds us, “Christ has no body now on earth but yours: no hands but yours, no feet but yours.  Yours are the eyes trough which he is to go about doing good: yours are the hands with which he is to bless people now