It is the wise and responsible use of the special gifts God has entrusted to each of us. It is believing that God has created each one of us with unique abilities and attributes – including our personalities, interests, motivations, life experiences, talents and skills, hopes and dreams — which make us who we are. We are one of a kind creations of God with unique contributions to make in this world. As Christians, we are encouraged to give what we can of our time, talents and money, to help further the work of the Church, and spread the Word of God.
No gift is greater than time, and yet, nothing is so easy to waste. Contrary to our cultural norms, good stewardship of time doesn’t mean being busy all the time. Time spent in prayer, nurturing relationships with our family and friends or just enjoying the beauty of the world around us is time well spent. In fact, taking “time out” to nourish ourselves spiritually can be the best thing we can do to deepen our relationship with God.
We are often held back from recognising or sharing our gifts because of a narrow definition of “talent.” We think “talented people” are extraordinary achievers or have easily identifiable gifts, such as musical ability or artistic talent. We must remember that each one of us was created by God and was given the ability to serve God and each other in some way.
Talents include being a good listener, being able to organize people, relating well to children or teens, being patient with others and numerous other less-recognized gifts. Our gifts often change during our lives: in our youth our gift may be energy; when we’re older, it is knowledge. We are each one-of-a-kind creations of God with unique contributions to make in this world.
As Christians we recognize that our gifts of talents and skills are meant to be cultivated and shared with others, beginning with our family and friends, with our parish community and with the world. Sharing the gift of ourselves is how we express our gratitude for being created as a unique and gifted people.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7)
In addition to maintaining the fabric of Netherlee Parish, and developing mission work in the local area, Netherlee Church also sends a proportion of our income to assist national and international mission work, and to support other Scottish parishes in need. We rely very much, therefore, on the financial commitment and support of our members to continue this vital work. For more information, contact Dennis Burt via the Church Office – firstname.lastname@example.org
It does not matter whether we have been given great talents, abilities and wealth, or very little. What matters to God is whether we make good use of what we have been given, whether large or small, By you using any of these three forms of giving you are not only blessing other people:
From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from the one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded. (Luke 12:48)