Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Are You Up to the Task?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Are You Up to the Task?

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Do you ever feel you lack the talents needed to pursue a desired goal? Or unsure you have the ability to accomplish a challenging work assignment?

In such situations, is there anything to do to rise to the occasion and make the most of your talents?

The study of Christian Science has helped me understand how to trust God as the source of all ability and talent. God, divine Mind, provides the qualities needed to accomplish the tasks were called upon to do. The Bible says, Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above (James 1:17).

Christ Jesus parable of the talents (see Matthew 25:14-30) illustrates how important it is to develop and use the abilities and gifts that have been divinely bestowed on us. According to The Interpreters Bible, the modern use of the word talent is derived from that parable (see Vol. VII, p. 559). Mary Baker Eddy, the author of the Christian Science textbook, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, also believed that its essential for each individual to make the most of his or her God-given abilities. She wrote, The talents He gives we must improve (p. 6).

How can we best do this? Ive found that a good place to start is to turn away from a personal sense of ego and intelligence. Mrs. Eddy recognized the human tendency to rely on this sense of ego and ability that is necessarily limited. She wrote: Mortals are egotists. They believe themselves to be independent workers, personal authors, and even privileged originators of something which Deity would not or could not create (p. 263).

The spiritual approach to talent and ability is radically different. The Bible tells us that Jesus himself turned to God as the source of his ability. I can of mine own self do nothing, he said (John 5:30). And, on another occasion, he said, [T]he Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works (John 14:10).

If Im facing a difficult task, Ive found that being willing to humbly acknowledge God as the source of ability enables me to become receptive to the outpouring of Gods ideas. …

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