My lesson today in Sunday School was on Developing our Talents. Sometimes I have wondered what our talents are for and I found this quote while preparing my lesson.
"The Lord has said that we shall be tested and tried to prove if we will do all things that he shall command. We are striving for perfection. The Lord has given us the admonition: 'Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.' (Matt. 5:48) Life offers us many challenges that make this achievement difficult. How will we meet these challenges? God has granted to each of us gifts, talents, and abilities, with the hope and expectation that we will increase and use them - not for selfish purposes, but for the benefit of others."
I love this quote because it tells us that we can become perfect by developing our talents and sharing them with others. Heber J. Grant's motto was this: "That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing is changed, but that our power to do is increased." I am going to try to make this my motto as well. Our talents are so important. By seeking them out, developing them, and sharing them with others our relationship with our Heavenly Father and our Savior will grow. We will become disciplined and have more self-control.
I encourage us all to take the time to seek out a new talent this week. The best way to do this is to first pray for guidance and then try something new. Once you discover one of your talents take the time to develop it and then don't forget to share it. Remember this: Practice makes permanent, perfect practice makes perfect!
Okay, so those were a lot of random thoughts all jumbled together. I hope that they make a little bit of sense! Happy Sunday to you all!