Gifts and Talents
Author: Mabel Munoz de Varas (Arica y Parinacota, Chile)
When I was young, I enrolled in a technical college. From the subjects available, I chose dressmaking, opting for fashion design. This skill came very naturally to me, and I believed that it was a God-given talent. Ever since, I have enjoyed designing and creating, even though I decided not to turn my skill into a business. Instead, I devoted my time to serving my friends and family. As I worked on sewing projects for them, I developed a form of prayer discipline. Each project I undertook was an opportunity to have a dialogue with God. I would ask him to guide me with wisdom; as my hands worked, my heart prayed.
The years have gone by quickly. Now my life is not quite as fast-paced, my vision is not what it used to be and my hands are not quite as steady. However, I am still in constant communication with my Creator in every activity I undertake. I am grateful for the opportunity to work with God by my side. I am blessed that even in my frailty, he is my constant companion.
Prayer: Gracious God, thank you for the gifts and talents you have bestowed. Help us to use them in your service. Amen