The Roman Catholic Church in The Bahamas is part of the worldwide Roman Catholic Church, under the spiritual leadership of the Pope. The diocese was elevated to a full diocese, as the diocese of Nassau in June 1960. On June 22nd, 1999, the diocese was again elevated as the new Archdiocese of Nassau.

Monday, March 3, 2014

No talent is too small

It is a fact that we have all been blessed with a minimum of one talent. So many people walk around trying to figure out what talent God has blessed them with. They also question their purpose on this earth because they feel as though they do not know what to do to help fulfill God's mission while we are passing through this lifetime. I found myself having to preach my wife that no talent is too small.

My kids (especially my daughter) would always tell me that God has blessed me with so many gifts and talents. With no formal training at all, God has blessed me with the ability to build with wood as if I was a carpenter; I must have taken right after our Lord Jesus who too was a carpenter. I can do just about any form of trade work such as electrical, carpentry, even plumbing, but I don't particularly like plumbing even though it is a trade that I grew up around. Please don't ask me how I do and know how to do certain things, but I just do. My wife says that I have 'mother's wit.' I am not ashamed to admit that I even know how to sew, yes I know that sounds a bit strange, but I do and I'm the one everyone comes to when they need something stitched, even hemmed. Call me super Dad!

Having been blessed with the ability to use my talents to help others I have been trying to hammer into my wife's head that her talent can be something so small, yet so profound that she may not even consider it a talent. There is something that my wife can do extremely well that I can not do. Yeah I know, some guys don't like to admit that their wives are better at something than they are, but I must admit that if it wasn't for my wife using her God given talent in the kitchen I would be eating fast food and quick sandwiches everyday. My wife is an excellent cook, she never had formal training, she only learned from observing her mother and has a passion for home cooking shows.

After having an epiphany that she wants to do for the poor within our communities my wife decided to reach out to several Parishes within the Diocese in order to use her talent to help those in need. I've always been telling her that her talent is cooking, something many people wish they could do, including myself. Even though there is much work involved in preparing numerous meals for a large group of people she has so far found the joy that she has been seeking for so long. She does so with no complaints and with a passion that I've not seen in her for a very long time. Helping others has it's rewards and benefits, as I have noticed in the satisfaction on her face.

Everyone has at least one talent that should be used to help build up God's Kingdom. Don't ever believe that your talent is too insignificant, as God can show you how best to use it that can far exceed your expectations. Our talents should be used to help others. God's Word as expressed in 1 Peter 4:10 says: "As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace." You will receive joy when you use your gifts and talents to help others, go ahead and give it a try!

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