God gave us the capacity to learn, ask questions, explore, discover, and discern. God gave us the means to show love, offer compassion and forgiveness, and to be generous and merciful. God gave us talents and skills too. Maybe we need to sit back a moment or two each day and think upon what it is we have and how blessed we are? Maybe we need to consider our blessings and then give thanks for those blessings.
But as we consider our blessings, skills, talents, and strengths… let us be mindful that God didn’t give us these wonderful things if He did not intend for us to use them! When we might be feeling helpless and alone or lost and without hope, we need to remind ourselves and each other than God provides us with solutions– sometimes right under our noses! Maybe God has already thought ahead and has given us what we need to get through our challenges? God gave us all brains, for example. Maybe we need to start trusting what we have and start thinking more critically about how we use what God has given us!
If we all pooled our blessings together and put together all our skills and talents and started thinking more collectively rather than as self-serving individuals, more could be accomplished for everyone’s well-being. Maybe we need to start thinking as a community and start acting as a community. Strength comes in numbers too. God may be seeking to work through us so that we may all work together to deal with the “Big Problems” such as pollution, climate change, violence, child abuse, depression, drug addiction, and hate crime for examples. Maybe we need to realize that problems are much easier to solve when we collaborate as a community.
We should not be afraid or hesitant about the gifts we have. Know that God wants us to have our skills and talents and knowledge. He gives us what we need to endure and survive. He teaches us the importance of empathy, compassion, and caring for others less fortunate than ourselves. And as Jesus gave of himself and provided for others, so to we should consider how we give and provide for others as well– and understand why giving is important.