If someone asked you who you considered the most talented person in the world was, how would you respond? Brad Pitt? Lebron James? Yo Yo Ma? Alicia Keys? I think most of us would draw up somebody of status with a reputation to always deliver something beautiful, or entertaining, or all around magnificent. Out of your friends, who do you say is the most talented? Why? Are they singers? Painters? Lawyers? Athletes? In high schools all over America just about now teens are signing yearbooks, and I guarantee one page of every book is dedicated to the superlative, “Most Talented,” and I can 99% guarantee it’s either an athlete or artist.
But what if I can’t sing? Or don’t play guitar? Or can’t shoot a basketball to save my life? What if I am not that girl who everyone says of, “Oh you know Blair, she is that really talented _______.” Until recently, I’ve been waiting my whole life to figure out what my talent is. Lebron has always been good at sports & everyone knew it. Alicia could always sing. What have I always been able to do & why had I not discovered it. Deep down I just knew I had to have that “one true talent” and since I had no clue what it was, I picked one – the harmonica. For my 24th birthday, after all my big talk for years about being destined to be talented at the harmonica, I got one, and guess what – that’s not my one true talent. Dang it! Talentless?...
But who says talent is so necessarily quantitative? It is so easy (and dangerous) for us to think we have no gifting because we aren’t capable of doing xyz as good as so&so. So many of the great gifts God has given each of us are taken for granted. What if when you are racking your brain for the most talented person you know you remember your friend who is always hospitable, or your colleague who always listens, the humanitarian who exemplifies mercy, the lady behind the doctor's office counter who's level of patience soothes everyone?
Every person is uniquely created & given different gifts. Some of us have talents that aren't as apparent to the rest of the world, but they are no less special, impressive, or real. So next time you are around that group of movie stars & rock stars, don't shrink with inferiority, hold your head high--you, dear one, are talented too.