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Mat 25:15 To one he gave five talents [each talent was up to 200 lbs of gold or silver], to another, two, and to another, one, EACH ACCORDING TO HIS OWN ABILITY; and he went on his journey.
When it comes to discerning the differences between our various natural talents and our one spiritual gift, there are differences between the two. Too often, though, we can confuse them or even ignore our God-given talents to focus on our more “spiritual” side and our Christian spiritual gift because we’re “more spiritual” in our lives. Notice the word in the above verse: Ability!Thayer’s Greek Lexicon says of this Greek word (δύναμιςdynamic) says of this word, “inherent power, power residing in a thing by virtue of its nature, or which a person or thing exerts and puts forth.” Notice that nowhere in this parable does it mention a spiritual gift. That’s later in the New Testament, which makes this word significant regarding our natural talents.
Now, who wants to know more about the differences between our talents and our spiritual gift?
I was lying in bed this morning reflecting on what has transpired in my life these last few weeks. Mostly cantankerous comments toward me (not just one comment, but multiple comments from multiple sources about many topics). You know what I’m talking about.
When you say something that is on your mind or if you’re like me, thinking out loud about a topic, and individuals get “diarrhea of the mouth, constipation of the brain” and become critical of your thoughts and words, based on their thoughts. As if you’re wrong for thinking or questioning what you’re thinking. Or as it is in most cases, judging you, i.e. condemning your thoughts, rather than judging you, i.e. weighing and weighing in on, what you’re thinking.
The former to shut you down, the latter contributes to your thoughts as you work out or through the issue you’re thinking about. In most cases, people’s comments are the former, hence the reason for this post
Recently I have attended a number of Christian group meetings and have found a similar phrase that has struck me as odd, but as a person that sees connections in various pieces of data, I must admit that what I have seen and heard is worrisome.
There’s a phrase in marketing and business called “chasing after the shiny object.” This is where people chase after things that are shiny, “exciting,” or even considered “emotional sugar” and which have or offer little to no value to a person’s life or business, but have all of the glitz and glitter of being “hip” or “cool.” This is what I call the mental “sugar high,” it’s chasing the shiny thing that is soon replaced by the “sugar crash” of reality.
On a more serious note, it’s called idolatry. But to keep it light, let’s focus on what the “shiny objects” are for a Christian.
We need a mindset shift in the Christian community, from being a consumer to a prosumer. The definition of a consumer is: a person who purchases goods and services for personal use.
The definition of a prosumer is: a prospective consumer who is involved in the design, manufacture, or development of a product or service.
We have too long in America have revelled in what we can buy for ourselves, and it IS a blessing what we have, but in reality, purchasing lots of stuff for ourselves does NOT help others in the long run.
I’m a process type of guy, one that sees things like an engineer, where there is a start and a finish with things. Not only with complete projects like building a car or a house, but also with smaller projects of steps such as building a car’s transmission or sharpening a pencil.
The most common questions people ask are the standard six that are used in most newspaper rooms and with management consultants: who, what, when, where, why, and how. Asking the questions is a good start, but as with any process, there is a good sequence to find your good, better, and best answers and even right and wrong answers.
Like the chicken and the egg question, the same goes for dealing with people, too. We must ask questions.
“If I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask… for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.” Albert Einstein.
Have you heard how farmers are now seeing how God has created His system in nature and applying it to growing food? Agroforestry agriculture, or forrest farming or gardening, is following the forrest’s way of producing a bountiful harvest.
The basic idea is to follow the process and system that God has designed and be able to produce food and products for sale that is both sustainable and profitable.
The idea is to mix compatible plants, spacing small plants to large trees so that both complement each other and sustain each other during the life cycle of harvesting and planting.