Have you ever been around someone who doesn’t clap for anyone, No One not even the one they call their BFF. Ever thought why is that, why are they hating? The reason is because they think it’s a competition. When you’re competing with someone you’re not going to clap for them, the runner will not clap for the runner next to him, if he’s in competition with him. It’s sad because everything is not a competition and everyone is not in competition with you. People are out here bettering themselves, finding their peace and being happy with the life they’ve created. They are minding their business, seeking God and staying in their lane, and you know what God is allowing things to happen for them; prayers are being answered. He’s even allowing the universe to bring them the resources they need and people they need to know to get the job done. Those people have no idea that the person sitting next to them is in competition with them.
I’ve learned that people compete when they think the world is small and the guy or girl that’s winning will take all the resources away, but if that person understood how BIG GOD is and how BIG the world is then they’ll understand that there’s still untapped regions, countries, states, cities, communities that is waiting to be blessed by their area of expertise. If you think small then you’ll always be the person frowning up when someone launches a business, designs a couple of shirts, write a book, graduate, take a trip, book a cruise, get married and start a family. If you look at a bouquet of flowers, each flower is beautiful in their own way and when they come together they make a perfect arrangement. A flower doesn’t think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.
We should be the same way, blossoming where we are planted and coming together to make a perfect arrangement or variety of resources, entertainment, books, business, skills and talents. We all have been gifted with talents, and many have more than others but that shouldn’t deter you. There is a story in the Bible that talks about talents…
The Parable of the Talents
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’ (Matthew 25: 14-30).
Seems very harsh, but it made me think about what I’m doing with the talents God gave me. Am I using them, investing them, multiplying them, or am I burying them and making excuses why I cannot use what he gave me. In that passage, it said the person was “afraid,” that’s been me too afraid to move, afraid of what people will say or think, afraid I would be laughed at and misunderstood, but my love for God and passion begin to drown out the fears I had in my mind. I cannot get mad at the next person for being diligent and proactive who’s reaping what they’ve sown especially if I’ve made excuses instead of getting the job done. Most of the time we are busy doing nothing, while the other person is working, so when summer comes we can’t get mad at the girl who’s bikini ready when all we did was sit around and eat hostess cupcakes all winter, LOL! We can’t get mad at the bride at the alter, when all we did was flirt with every guy on Social Media and settle for one-night-stands. We can’t get mad at the girl or the guy who’s graduating from college, starting a business or buying a house when all we did was lay up and spend our tax returns on handbags and shoes. My question is what are you doing today that your future self will be proud of ? Remember you are unique, and gifted with amazing talents, don’t let another week, month, or year go by. Now’s the time to start fresh, don’t sit around and wait for opportunities, create them! Don’t look around at everyone and frown, celebrate them because your time is coming.
I want you to succeed and be all that God wants you to be, we’re all apart of God’s BIG PLAN and if you ever get stuck ask him what does he want you to do with your talents, one thing he doesn’t want you to do is compete with your neighbor. Be blessed!