Talent Is a Seed
by Rachael M. Colby
Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass”
(Psalms 37:4-5, NKJV).
Talent is a seed. A seed hidden in a pocket will not take root, mature, or bear fruit. It must be planted in good soil and nourished. The writer’s job is to observe and to continually develop their skill. And if you pay attention, you will see life has a way of providing abundant opportunity and inspiration.
My neighbor and I planted the same kind of trees simultaneously. He planted three-foot trees, mine were seven-feet tall. But in a few months, his surpassed mine in height and vigor. When I consulted my gardener friend, Robert, he smiled and said, “Buy the $2 plant, but put it in a $20 hole.”
I am like the $2 plant, rooted and established in the priceless soil of the Gospel. The most important investment I will ever make in my life and my dream is to maintain a vibrant relationship with Jesus and seek His direction.
I can’t give what I don’t have. I can’t water the seed God has given me or the lives of others if I fail to first draw and drink from the well. I will not have strength to carry sustenance to others if I don’t first nourish my soul. Only then will I bear fruit and have anything to offer. Whatever I do will flourish in direct proportion to how much I invest in my relationship with God. My writing will be an outflow of time spent in God’s presence, in prayer, and in His word.
Sometimes I get discouraged with my writing; it seems like a mountain I will never climb. I wish everything didn’t take so long:
- Being heard in this noisy world
- Submitting my work with the hope it will someday be published
But life is a marathon, not a sprint.
“Slow and steady wins the race.” —The Hare and the Tortoise, Aesop’s Fables
I have a responsibility to tend the seed God has given. Worthy pursuits cost something. They often require hard work and take a long-term investment to reap a good return. My goal in writing is to glorify God, encourage believers, and reach the lost.
God, You are the Lord of the harvest, and it’s You who gives the increase. Help me to always put You, the Giver, above the gift, and to faithfully steward all You’ve called me to. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.
*This article is derived from Rachael’s post, Talent is a Seed, originally published on her website, Tattoo It On Your Heart and also on her Cape Cod Times blog by the same name.
Born and raised in Jamaica, Rachael M Colby resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Wife, mom, bona fide beach bum, avid Tweeter, and creator of TattooItOnYourHeart.com—a place for seekers, followers, and writers, Rachael writes to glorify God and encourage others. She addresses culturally relevant questions connecting everyday life with Christianity’s answers through motivational articles, interviews, poetry, and children’s picture books.