"'Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.' His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.'"
About two years ago, I started painting after a simple wine and paint night with a few friends. I loved the art so much that I immediately went out and bought some simple painting materials. I discovered that I loved to paint and the therapeutic outlet that it offered to me through some very dark times.
Last night, I woke up in the middle of the night thinking about my painting and all of the other "talents" that the Lord has so graciously given to me. The last twenty years have been a journey of discovering my talents and playing with them like newly unwrapped gifts. I am grateful for everything that I have been given. So grateful.
I also realize that being a woman often means that we will not have the opportunity to use the talents that God has given to us. Or it will mean that we have to fight against societal standards to use them. Or we will have to compromise (sacrifice?) relationships to pursue the work that God has given to us.
In Ephesians 4 it says, "Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God's people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ." Talents.
As long as they were not given to women. Or some actually believe that Christ would never give these talents to women. He gives them the talents of child nurturer, housewife, church pianist (which are all beautiful, valid talents but they are not the only talents given to women).
I don't believe that this scripture only means work within the church building. I believe that it means we are given these gifts to use while working everywhere all of the time.
So. Women. What talents has Christ given to you? How are you using them? What holds you back from using them?
We may have to fight harder for the freedom to use our gifts but we have the right to use them.
Preach. Lead. Nurture.
Get that degree.
Use your strong voice.
Advocate for the weak ones. Advocate for other women.
Well done, good and faithful servant.