Remember, with great power. comes great responsibility. -Uncle Ben
Remember that? It’s the Spider-Man quote! Every time I read about the Parable of the Talents, I think of ol’ Peter Parker.
This morning I read Luke’s version.
To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. -Luke 19:26
So what’s the practical way to learn from this quote?
Well, if you look at ol’ Peter Parker, he was given Spidy senses and strength. If he hadn’t used it, that would’ve been bad. But he used it and he found great purpose, fulfillment and even love. And heck, here recently he got upgraded to the Avengers!
To avoid missing out on our own purpose, fulfillment and upgrades we must first take stock of what we’ve been given.
What gave you been given? Personally, I’ve been given a healthy, lovely family. I’ve been given a spirit of positivity and encouragement. I’ve been given a lot of energy and the ability to set things in motion. I’ve been given a strong body too.
What have you been given? Maybe you’ve been given a way with children, a leadership role at work, a healthy income, a healthy body, a new phew who looks up to you, a wife who needs a hero, an eye for details, a gift for public speaking, a way with food.
Whatever it is, take stock of what we’ve been given. Then, let’s ask the tough question. Are we using it well?
In my case, I know every once in a while I take my eye off the prize with my family. I get focused on other things, I go on mom/wife autopilot. It’s not great, and I hate to admit it.
But! When I AM focused on them, when I AM putting my best forward and pouring into them the way I know God desires, I am so blessed in return. SO blessed! It goes along with what I heard at church last weekend.
The more I value something, the more value I get from it.
This rang so true for me. For example, I’ve taken the time lately to really focus on building up my son. All of the sudden, I noticed Zach seemed to have overnight become my best helper. He does so many things without asking, I feel like I’ve got another member of team adult.
I am also trying to steward my gift of planning, encouragement and positivity as a writer, a personal trainer / coach and now as a planning/productivity coach for moms. And yes, the more I pour in there, the more I get back. Both in terms of more women to help but also in terms of passion, purpose and knowing I am truly helping people.
And, as long as I have the ability, I’ll be running because I’ve been given the strength to do so!
So, that’s me. But what about you? Are you using what you’ve been given well this week?
What’s one thing you can do to use what you’ve been given well TODAY?