Your talent is God's gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God. What are you doing with your talent today? ~Leo Buscaglia

What an awesome thought...Your talent is God's gift to you.  What you do with it is your gift back to God.  HOW COOL IS THAT?!

So, what is your talent?  More importantly, are you using it?  As kids our parents tend to put us in a bunch of different sports and activities in order to see what might stick.  Or maybe they had a love for something and made you stick with it...whatever the case, our learning and exploring about ourselves tends to take place while we are young.  As we grow older we so often get into a daily routine our personal interests and passions seem to fall by the wayside.

Unless you are my dad.  I have to say one thing he really aspires to is the pursuit of life-long learning.  I find that really admirable.  At the age of 74 my dad will regularly attend new and different events and programs...things like historically educational speeches at his local library, getting on a bus (not knowing anyone) and traveling to the Rose Bowl Parade just because he thought it might be neat to see, he has taken Spanish lessons...explores on his bicycle, plays tennis...all the while saying how happy he is to still be in the kind of shape that is required [both mentally and physically] to do such things.  He even got a puppy...something we begged for as kids, but he didn't see the need for until he was 73 years old.

One of the things my dad always said to us kids was, "do something you love and the money will come".  I'll be honest with you, although I heard that saying a million times it never meant much to me, until recently.  I have [finally] taken his advice to heart (don't parents always wish their kids would just listen to their advice and direction the first time it's given?) and I am now working in the field I believe God has called me to be a part of.  I counsel young people who abuse drugs and alcohol.  Even more exciting (at least it is to me), I am leading the support group for the parents of these kids.  I know this is not everyone's cup of tea, but it's mine, and I feel incredibly grateful for having the opportunity to work with these families.  One thing I know for sure is that I will learn as much, if not more, from them as they will from me.

Back to my original question.  What is your talent?  Maybe it is not realistic for everyone to "do what they love and the money will come"....but, what if you took your talent and turned it into a hobby, or taught someone else a valuable trade or sport?  Or, what if you took a little time to research the possibility of changing your life so your talent could become your livelihood?

I have heard it said that your talent and your passion often go hand in hand.  You could spend hours focused on your passion [talent] and not realize how much time has passed.  I feel that way about working with families.  I feel that way about writing as well.  It is very gratifying when you use your talent and passion to help others.

Take the time to think about what you are passionate about, where your talent lies.  God created each of us with unique skills and abilities...I think living life to its fullest means tapping into those treasures!