What’s a sundial in the shade?

Benjamin Franklin said, “Hide not your talents, they for use were made / What’s a sundial in the shade?”

It’s a great reminder that we should use the talents God has given to us. They contribute to the positive impact we can make in the world. Writing in Ephesians 2:10, Paul said, “we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works…”

When we do that we honour our design, bring glory to our Designer, feel good, and bless others.

Yet a lot of people devalue their own skills and talents. Why? Because they don’t think they’re flashy enough to truly count or make a difference. But that’s like saying our Designer is too weak or unwilling to powerfully use the very skills and talents that he himself designed and implanted in his people.

I knew a woman who was great at baking. So every few weeks she made some amazing food and took it to the local Hospice so that struggling families could enjoy something in the midst of their heartache. I know several parents who volunteer as hockey coaches—they’re not just building hockey players, they’re building character in the next generation.

Talents don’t need to be “flashy.” They need to be yours.

So use what has value in your life to add value to someone else’s. 

By Matthew Ruttan

  • Today’s “Up!” is partly based on my Sunday sermon/podcast at Westminster. It’s called “Ready for the Return of Christ?” and you can listen in here. Enjoy! (And be prepared.)
  • Bible quotes are from the New International Version (NIV).

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