The only disability in life is a bad attitude.
This quote from Olympic Gold Medalist Scott Hamilton goes to the heart of a lot of failures in life. It seems we can always find reasons (excuses) why we cannot succeed in life, or we haven’t done what we know we have the gifts and talents to do. Our bad attitude may not be rebellious or defiant, it may be passive and complaisant. Whatever! We all have been given something to work with. Something that is unique to us. Something that we were created to do. Something that is who we are and what we are about. But if our attitude is wrong, we will never achieve or fulfill our destiny.
The parable of the talents illustrates this so well! Jesus tells this story in Matthew 25 of a prosperous man who before leaving on a journey entrusted three of his servants with talents according to their ability. One servant had been given 5, one 2, and the other 1. These talents were worth a lot of money and were valuable for enriching their lives and the lives of others. And the servants were expected to use them wisely.
When the owner returned, expecting a good return on his investment, he questioned his servants on what they had accomplished. The first two servants had prospered by using the talents they had been given to accumulate more and they were richly rewarded with even more. The third servant, who only had one talent, had excuses for why he hid his talent and why he made no effort at all to use the gift he had been given. His talent was taken from him and he was punished all because of his bad attitude.
We all have been given at east one talent from God. It’s up to us to discover our talents and abilities and to develop and use them for the glory of God and to be a blessing to the King and the Kingdom. Have you hidden your talent behind a bad attitude? It’s not too late to discover your gifts and talents and develop and use them before our Owner calls you to account. Do you need an attitude adjustment? We must allow the Word of God to dwell in us richly in order to transform us.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
The Lord will work out his plans for my life—for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me.
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Psalm 139:14 (NLT)
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
Do you need help discovering what your gifts are?
Let’s all allow the grace of God–God’s empowering Presence that enables us to be what He called us to do and be what He created us to be– have full reign in our lives so that we will one day hear Him say, “Well done, My good and faithful servant!”