Use Your Talents

09-13-2020The Pastor's PenFr. Matthew R. Paratore, S.T.L., J.C.L.

Dear Friend,

The great violinist, Niccolo Paganini willed his marvelous violin to the city of Genoa on condition that it must never be played.

The wood of such an instrument, while used and handled, wears only slightly, but set aside, it begins to decay. Paganini’s lovely violin has today become worm-eaten and useless except as a relic.

A Christian’s unwillingness to serve may soon destroy his capacity for usefulness. I never have really understood the idea of collecting antiques.

I know that there is a lot of money in that hobby, but I never have understood why someone would buy something that is a classic and never use it.

People will buy cars for thousands of dollars and they will never drive them.

They may have a nice collector’s item that everyone can “ewww” and “ahhhh” over, but they aren’t using it.

There are many people to whom God has given great talents and abilities, and either they are using it for the glory of God, they are not using it at all, or they are using them for themselves with the wrong motives.

God has given every person certain talents and abilities and his intent was that the people of God might be made stronger through everyone working together.

To live a life of Christian Stewardship (time, talent and treasure) we must learn that ALL we have comes from God.

To learn and appreciate God's individual gifts to us we must pray always and never loose heart.