Monday, January 08, 2007

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with
all your might, for in the grave, where you
are going, there is neither working nor
planning nor knowledge nor wisdom."1

"When Leonardo da Vinci was still a pupil
his elderly, well-known teacher asked him
to finish a painting he, the teacher
had begun.

"Young da Vinci stood in such awe of his
master's skill that at first he respectfully
declined. But his teacher would accept no
excuse. He simply said, 'Do your best'.
Trembling, da Vinci took his brush and began.
With each stroke, his hand grew more steady
as the genius within him awoke. Soon he was
so caught up in his work that he forgot his
timidity. When the painting was finished
the frail and weak master was carried into
the studio to see it. Embracing his student
he exclaimed, 'My son, I paint no more!"2

Not everyone has the kind of talent and genius
that Leonardo da Vinci had, but every one of
us has God-given talents that he wants us to
develop and use for his glory. He never expects
from us what he hasn't gifted us to do. And
he has already equipped us to do what he wants
us to do. So use what talents you possess. Do
your best and leave the rest to God.
As Henry van Dyke said, "The woods would be very
silent if no birds sang there except those
that sang best."

Suggested prayer: "Dear God, thank you for
the talents you have given to me. Please help
me to see what they are, develop them fully
and use them to the best of my ability for your
glory. Thank you for hearing and answering my
prayer. Gratefully in Jesus' name, amen."

Z Richard W. De Haan Z

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