Saturday, August 2, 2008

Shouldn't there be a limit on talents?

First off, Beau and I watched August Rush last night, which I loved, but Beau found it all a little bit hard to believe. This usually happens and I say, "It's a movie. Can you just go with it?"

Watch this ... it's pretty short. I've got a point here.
Are you believin' that little girl? Can she sing or what? How does that happen? I just don't think this is right. 

I'm thinking that there should be a limit on the talent you're given, or the gifts you're given. I'm going to have to talk to the Lord about this one.

For example:

Let's take a simple one here ... Carrie Underwood.
She's got this incredible voice and she's beautiful. That's two gifts. And she probably has some other gifts I don't know about.

Even worse, my personal favorite ... Catherine Zeta-Jones. Way too gorgeous. And she can sing, dance, and act. That's way too many talents for one person.

I think everyone should be allotted one gift. You can be beautiful and that's it. No other gifts.

You can sing, but you can't also be beautiful.

Same goes with acting, dancing, public speaking, playing an instrument, etc. And if your gift just happens to be crocheting, oh well.

Don't you think this is fair? 

Of course, we probably wouldn't watch any movies if all the actors were ugly.

But, seriously ... 

A lot of times, we see certain gifts as more important than others, when they are all equally important, especially as Christians, and especially as we use them in our local church. All we should be doing is using the gifts that God has given us to draw people to Him, whatever those gifts or talents may be. All these celebrities were given these talents by God, but somewhere the purpose gets lost for some of them.

Every talent we have comes as a present from God. We should thank Him for it and use it for His glory. And, yes, I know we all have more than one talent. And I've made peace with that fact.

Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse]. James 1: 17


~T. said...

What a great post!
I have always thought it a bit much that I was born beautiful AND talented, *sigh... the burdens we must carry.
LOL just kidding, this really is a great post. There's a guy that sings and plays piano in our church that rocks the house! Each week this is something I look forward to and am always a little bummed when he's not there. He is such an inspiration, using his wonderful talents to bless others and for God's glory!

blessedwith5 said...

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE August Rush! The movie was awesome! My hubs would have said the same thing.
Totally not believable.

Katelyn is still laughing at the video of your hubs dancing down the sidewalk!

Jeanette said...

YES! I agree - only one talent per person! I have not seen the movie yet but I want to - maybe this weekend.

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blessedwith5 said...

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Queen B said...

Great post!! I think we totally rate the talents as some are better than others. And you are right...especially in church.

August Rush is a great movie. I think I might have seen a tear in my husband's eye, but he'll deny it.

Beachy Mimi said...

Great post! I've always been guilty of looking at certain talents as better than others. Of course, I didn't have one of those "better" talents, so I was jealous! I guess wisdom does come with age and you finally figure out that's not the case...
Right with you on Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Beachy Mimi said...

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Jen said...

So true. And insightful.

My girlfriends and I have a saying about beautiful, talented women:

"She can't be happy."


Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

How true! :) God didn't give me "normal" talents...I have to get creative and make them up :)

Guess I better see that movie too...

Drama Mama said...

Yes- I wish I could sing and be 100 lbs like Carrie!
and I bet she is jealous cause she doesn't have a DramaPond!

Anonymous said...

So I found your blog through a friend of mine and I have to tell you that I enjoy it very much. I have been going through and reading your 'finest' blogs, and this one really caught my attention. I think that I am attracted to talent, so the talent of an individual makes them attractive. For example, Catherine Zeta Jones, if she was an accountant, she may still have all of the fabulous acting ability but not using it so she would be beautiful I'm sure, but ordinary. I have talents that God has given me, and just now starting to use them, but they were always there, and just maybe if I would have started using them earlier it would be full the package, but I chose not to because of fear and many other reasons. Hopefully this all makes sense. I just thought I'd share my view point of it. :)