Welcome to day 2! Listen to the audio above as you follow along with the text below.
In December 2008, I officially dropped out of Civil Engineering school. It wasn’t as rebellious and dramatic as that sentence suggests… No. It was rather disappointing and painful. For me, dropping out of school meant that everyone with a say in the matter was in agreement about this one thing. I had failed.
My parents were amazing to me in that season. They were supportive and committed to helping me find a way out of that pit. They were so supportive that they accommodated hearing my outlandish suggestions for a possible way forward. I remember talking to my mum on the phone when she asked me,
“What do you want to do now? What course would you like to study?”
“Audio Engineering?” I responded expecting to be shut down for suggesting the silly things. But to my surprise, she said, “Ok! We’ll talk more about it when you get home.”
You would think that my being in such a supportive environment would’ve helped me regain some confidence. But the truth is I was sinking in a pool of identity crisis. I did not know who I was. I had very low self esteem, and very low expectations of what was possible. I constantly expected the worst.
Later that December, while at a youth camp organised by All Saints Cathedral, my Aunt, Theo, introduced me to Reverend Omondi from Garissa, Kenya. He asked me, “What do you do?” and I froze. You see, I had gotten used to saying I was a student whenever this question was asked. But at that particular moment, I had just dropped out of school.
“Tell him what you do!” Aunt Theo insisted. Until, tired of waiting for me to answer, she told the reverend, “He plays the guitar!” That sentence literally rattled my world.
I wasn’t used to hearing anybody say something like that. To me, playing the guitar was merely a hobby and not something “I DID!” And unfortunately for me (back then), that was how I lived; like a school dropout with no future or purpose. When I look back now, in light of everything I am today, playing the guitar was probably the most relevant skill I acquired in my teenage days. That exchange with Aunt Theo and Rev. Omondi opened my eyes to this reality. Their words saved my future.
What’s in your hands?
One of my favourite parables of Jesus is the parable of talents from Matthew 5:14-30.
A man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one, he gave five talents, to another he gave two, and to another one, to each according to his ability. The servants who received the five talents and the two talents each went out and traded with their talents and added to their talents five and two more talents respectively.
But the one who had received the one talent buried it in the ground until the master returned.
When the master returned, he rewarded the servants that had multiplied their talents saying, “Well done good and faithful servant! You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” These servants had a very good master. He was generous, he was affirming and he rewarded their efforts.
But when the servant with the one talent returned to the master, he said, “Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed,so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.”
Did you see that? To the servants who were faithful with what they had, we saw that the master was good, generous, affirming and rewarding. But the unfaithful servant thought the master to be, ‘a hard man who reaped where he did not sow.
You see, God is a good God and he has blessed each one of us with every talent and skill we need to thrive. Each one according to his ability. If we believe that God is good and faithful, then we must also be faithful with what he has given us. And the good news is that when we are faithful with what we have been given, He will multiply it and set us over more.
This is a promise that I have seen God keep over and over again. I could have buried that guitar I had back in 2008 as a worthless talent… and along with it, every blessing I have come to enjoy would’ve been buried as well.
God has given you everything you need to faithfully serve as a witness to his kingdom. Your skills and talents may not be as attractive as your neighbours… but they were custom made for you. They were given to you according to your ability. That means that if you engage them, develop them, and share them with others you will succeed and God will reward you for your faithfulness.
So, what’s in your hands today? I suggest you use it, develop it and multiply it. You have everything you need to thrive in God’s kingdom.
Good and Gracious father
You are indeed a way maker and a promise keeper
You have given us everything we need
Teach us to honour every good gift that you have given us
May we develop the discipline to grow and multiply these gifts
And may we faithfully serve our world with them
For the glory of your kingdom
In Jesus name we pray
James 1:17-18 (TPT)
Every gift God freely gives us is good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of lights, who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness and is never subject to change.God was delighted to give us birth by the truth of his infallible Word so that we would fulfil his chosen destiny for us and become the favourite ones out of all his creation!
Ephesians 1:3 (TPT)
Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm has already been lavished upon us as a love gift from our wonderful heavenly Father, the Father of our Lord Jesus—all because he sees us wrapped into Christ. This is why we celebrate him with all our hearts!
2 Peter 1:3 (TPT)
Everything we could ever need for life and complete devotion to God has already been deposited in us by his divine power. For all this was lavished upon us through the rich experience of knowing him who has called us by name and invited us to come to him through a glorious manifestation of his goodness.