Find And Use Your Talents

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” ~ Benjamin Franklin

“Hey! Nurse M! Have you heard about our openings? I heard they have 3 openings for nurses,” I excitedly informed one per diem nurse we rarely see.  She used to be a full time LVN who worked hard to become an RN. She opted to work per diem in our detention facility as she tried to get more skills in a bigger hospital.

“That’s great! I would love to apply!” she replied, beaming with a smile.

When morning came, she spoke with one of the supervisors who particularly was always nice with her.

“Nurse K., please don’t make me work at Intake when I come to work here as full time,” she pled.

“Oh! Don’t say that during your interview,” nurse K. uttered.

Over hearing their conversation, I was just thinking to  myself that it would be impossible not to work at Intake.

Because most of us take turns sometimes. When there is a call off, one has to go there. It’s the busiest part of the correctional facility. Where the cops or highway patrol bring in their arrestees to be booked. And nurses give the “go” whether the arrested individuals are mentally or medically fit to be processed and be incarcerated. How can a nurse learn if she is not even willing to try? Yet, still wants to be a part of the nursing staff?

It’s not true that we have no talents. Nor to feel that we have the right to use them as we please. May we discover our hidden talents to be used in serving others for God.

“God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you. Are you called to be a speaker? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Are you called to help others? Do it with all strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory in everything through Christ Jesus. All glory and power belong to him forever and ever. Amen.” ~ 1 Peter 4:10-11

12 comments:

  1. As scary as it is sometimes, we should be stretched a little and grow to find those hidden talents God has put inside us. I'll try to remember that the next time I want to put on the brakes in my personal growth.

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  2. I am being slowly stretched. STill very hesitant. But this is the only way to grow. Thanks Rosel for a great post!

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  3. I know from experience that we can grow a lot through stepping out and depending only on God. Still, it always is a choice and takes faith! I heard a wonderful teaching yesterday about stepping out and watch the Lord lead you!

    Love you,
    Mary

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  4. I desire to use all I have for the glory of His name. Such inspiring post dear friend!
    Thank you for sharing. And the quote is amazing.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Go bless.
    xo

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  5. I desire to use all I have for the glory of His name. Such inspiring post dear friend!
    Thank you for sharing. And the quote is amazing.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    GOD bless.
    xo

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  6. Isn't it funny how we all want to do something yet we want to do it our way or maybe the less complicated way....There are times that God requires MUCH and if we would only learn that it is in HIM that we can do ALL THINGS even those things we might not like or want to do but ultimately HE will get the glory if we will allow HIM to work in us!

    Thank you Rosel for allowing HIM to work in YOU!! Love you

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  7. Thanks for such a fantastic post.

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  8. I desire to use all I have for the glory of His name. Such inspiring post dear friend!

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  9. Great question at the end of the video!

    I' always praying "I want to serve You more,God." That's when He takes me out of my comfort zone but it's amazing how comfortable that "zone" becomes.

    love and hugs~Tammy

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  10. I love rhe line "God’s generosity can flow through you". I thinl that too many yimes, we believe that we Christians going the roads and tasks of life alone, forgetting that we are both equipped by the Lord for the journeym commissioned by the Lord from the works along the way, and He is carrying through them all ... with us all the way - Matthew 28:20. Thank you for the reminder to see beyond the giants in the land. Blessings.

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  11. No doubt just one of the talents He's given you is in story-telling, and penning words that penetrate the heart.

    Sometimes I have to simply sit back in utter amazement at what He has wrought in, and through my life. There's NO DOUBT it's been Him, and only Him. But the fact that He uses and fills this vessel -- and each of His vessels -- in such amazing ways leaves a huge lump in my throat.

    Blessings,
    Kathleen

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  12. You always find the best videos. Thanks for those thoughts. Blessings ~

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The Attacker (5/15/09)

The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies. Ephesians 6:12 [37 kb]


Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.


Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.


All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.


When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.


The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.


When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.


[Source: Life Application Bible]:


We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.


“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14


Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].


Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.


Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.


Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].

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