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Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL article (11/27/14)
TITLE: A Woman of Many Talents
By LaVonne Wood
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Every job or position I take gives me the opportunity to learn a new trade. I know it would probably be best to learn everything about one trade, becoming a ‘master’ of it or “Dr.,” or whatever is the highest position. Yet, I can see the advantages of learning many trades. For example in my own life, I can do my own taxes, fix my own car, do my own bookkeeping for my business, and even cut my own steaks. I figure the more I learn the more money I can save by not hiring a professional to do the work.
Secondly, every time I take a new job I have the opportunity to meet new people. Not only does it expand my social life, but also gives me many opportunities to share the love of God with those I work with and those I serve. Presenting a godly attitude and going above and beyond what I signed on to do, may bring others a little closer to accepting Christ into their lives.
Thirdly, I receive a lot of free education. Many of the positions I took offered or required classes to prepare me for those positions. Home Health required classes that equipped me with information on health and safety issues while working with the elderly. The teacher’s aide position required some classes on teaching pre-school children. They also offered continuing education classes though out the year. Although, I paid for my income tax preparation classes, the experience I received in preparing other peoples taxes was an ongoing learning process.
I did not plan to work such a variety of jobs. Because of circumstances and family situations, I moved a lot and often held two or three jobs at a time. I had aspirations of being a great success just like everyone else. So, I never became a world famous singer. I thank the Lord for letting me lead worship in my small church. So, I never became a ‘master mechanic’, still I can fix my own car. So, I never became a registered nurse or a doctor, yet I made life a little easier for many elderly people.
Here is my list of jobs: farmer, singer/musician, baker, secretary, tax preparer, mechanic, teacher’s aide, home health aide, custodian, maid, store clerk/cashier, and writer. Wow! That is many talents for one person. I guess I’m not a failure after all.
I encourage others to take a good look at all the talents God has given them and not compare themselves with those we see as “making it to the top of the ladder of success.” God’s Word says that if we use the talents He has given us, He will give us more. (Math. 25:15-21). Yes, I know these verses refer to a form of currency. Yet, our working talents are how we make our money; and I think the same principles would apply to gifts and abilities.
I thank you Lord for giving me many talents! I wonder what my next talent will be.
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