I Used Everything You Gave Me

Two years ago I was in Ephesus, Turkey, where I had an amazing life changing experience in the old ruins of the amphitheater. It was a great "a-ha" moment. I walked away with a new appreciation for the fact that to each of us a talent has been given, and that this giving of talent is not random. Christ has given us each a gift to build up His kingdom on earth.

There's a great quote by Erma Brombeck: "When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I have not a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me. '" What a fabulous concept, to spend your life trying to exhaust the gift God has given you in an effort to build up the body of Christ!

Pray for your gift to be revealed, the courage to embrace it, and the wisdom to know how to use it to build up His kingdom, spend some time reading today's Gospel, Mt 25:14-39 and Ephesians 4:1-16, and ask Mary to help you ponder two questions:

What talents has God given me?

How do I plan to exhaust those talents building up His kingdom?

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