What is REAL Talent and What Should I do with Mine?

First off we cant work out what to do with our talents until we really know what talent is – and it’s not; singing tunes down a microphone (I can say that because I do it:) or making a million bucks from royalties without doing any work (even if it is vaguely in tune). Hopefully you won’t do with your talent what the likes of people like Madonna and friends does with hers, that’s if you want to call it talent – I think her talent is more along the lines of the ‘talent’ that builders are sometimes accused of whistling at as this so-called talent walks past, and less to do with real gifting (although I have no doubt she has lots of gifts and real talents, she just seems to be misusing and misdirecting them).

What’s real talent?

The word talent comes from an old description of money – so as you have heard – some people have a God-given talent and this is literally true, except a talent from God is a real form of currency and investment and one that could (if you will use it wisely) last forever and benefit all mankind – not the silly money that men think it’s clever to invest in others in order to gain a quick buck without working – there is NOTHING clever about not working for your money in fact, the opposite is true but that’s another article – no – God’s talent has real value and can have real rewards and benefits for all – not just the money-hungry investor. The question is?… what are YOU going to do with your talent, what God invested in you, and how are you going to use it and – who are you going to use it for? Are you going to emulate Madonna young people?

Don’t sell your soul by selling your God-given talent

Once you have found out what your gifts really are – ones that are useful to others and God’s people, use them with all your might for the kingdom of everlasting peace and happiness. Don’t get Hillsonged into thinking that rock concerts are ‘talent’, or that an idea of the size and importance of one’s talent is directly proportional to the size of the stadium one can fill. Remember – Jesus Christ – the one we are to emulate was NO respecter or persons. This does not mean He was lawless and had no respect – it means he didn’t have the kind or ‘rapper-respect’ we see – you know the respect you have for someone just because hey can afford a lot of bling and fast wheels and they have ten tunes (if you can call them that) in the charts… no that wasn’t Jesus our Lord.

Facebook Does Exactly The Opposite of What it Says on the Tin!

Want to get disconnected from the people that really matter in your life? – Join Facebook! Who really matters in life? Our family, our genuine fiends we can tell anything to, the poor man on the street that needs your friendship, the widow round the corner, your grand parents, the person at school, college or work or church that no one wants to befriend because they are not cool enough to be on Facebook. These are the people God thinks are important – not superficial friends on Facebook.

Facebook claims to make us ‘more connected’ and I will add; make us all more happy and content as a result. However – we all know, if we are honest, that Facebook does exactly the opposite. Because people don’t discuss their real issues, struggles and problems in life publicly (and why should they), Facebook gives us a never-ending stream of other people’s ‘perfect’ lives for us to compare ours with and get more and more dissatisfied with our own life than ever before – even though the reality of our lives ad our friends I guarantee is a lot different to the persona created and constructed on Facebook.

And this is borne out by ‘new’ research that affirms that people are more unhappy when they use Facebook. Well did we really need research to figure that out? I guess someone got paid lots of money to do it.

What Facebook – the site that started as a ‘hot or not’ site (where guys would vote on the ugliness or prettiness of girls at university campus) actually does, is to connect us with hundreds and hundreds, and if we are not careful, hundreds of so-called ‘friends’ – in reality people we really have no time to care about and who have no real time to care for us other than to ‘like’ our favourite song of soup! Facebook has taken the meaning a vacuous and sallow relationships to a whole new level.

It’s Time for Serious Christians to Get Off Facebook!

You thin that’s harsh? OK I’ll eat my words if the clever sociologists of tomorrow don’t in years to come blame the slew self-centered and self-obessesed networks and websites of today for the future state of mind and depression of future kids and adults, who will soon have no idea what to respect their parents no matter what – or what love really means. To them to love will be to ‘like’. To help your neighbour will be to ‘like’ their post or page or favorite colour.

Are We Really More ‘Connected’?

The dreadful and disastrous result of facebook is that families that once were connected are now fragmented, with both adults and children alike becoming obsessed with the hand-held screen, abandoning normal and healthy face to face relationships with their parents and close relatives. It has further impressed into the minds of the young that love is to ‘like’ something – when in reality love is sacrificial – to GIVE of yourself – your time, money, skills and in some cases your life – for which there is no greater demonstration of love. Facebook has helped to create a whole generation of selfish droids who cannot ay longer think for themselves, do not know the difference between right and wrong, think that the opposite of love is to hate (it is not – it is to be selfish) all parrot each other in embracing the evils of the day!

The Real Result of Being More ‘Connected’ is Disconection & Isolation

True we are more connected – but with the wrong people. Not family and close friends in the community, mothers, fathers, and the people they should be really and practically caring about. No we are connected to hundreds of people that if push came to shove, neither we nor they would lift a finger to actually help or serve us. These are shallow associations and ‘friendship’ is far too strong a word for the main part. Facebook has done it’s job, and further diconected the youth of today from those people that really matter, and put them in the hands of the media, and all those that wish to manipulate them for their own ends and profit.

Being Conformed to The Person of Christ

I want to talk about what we call the ‘Christian Walk’. It is interesting to me that when we start out a a new Christian we are elated about our new found faith and discovery that God loves a person that is facing him and loves truth unconditionally. That he loves us more than we will ever know.

Stages of the Christian Walk

  • New Christian – Elation
  • great zeal in telling others about our new discovery
  • learning God’s word going to church
  • if the church is good, we realize that the word doesn’t fit with our lifestyle and earthly desires
  • church is bad all is good – nothing needs to change in our lifestyle – that would be ‘works’
  • denial that we must change everything, we give up a few things
  • mainly ‘shoe-horning’ (altering) our Biblical beliefs and understanding to fit our lifestyle
  • realizing this will not work forever and that at some point we have to actually be Christ-like
  • our faith and lifestyle come into full conflict. A difficult decision lies ahead
  • we refuse to conform to Christ’s image fully
  • having refused to conform for our own good we are broken down by God so we can be re-made in his image
  • Now having nothing to lose we finally become pliable in Gods hands
  • Willing to have finally our lifestyles ‘shoe-horned’ into the biblical commandments
  • we finally begin to resemble Christ


By Carlos Aranda

In most cases, when you break things beyond repair, that thing or item now has lost its value. You and I may have felt this way at one point in our lives. You might have felt as if you had no value in this life. One thing we can be sure of is to God, we are priceless even when we don’t see ourselves as having value. First of all, why would we feel as if we have no value? Is it because a harsh word has been spoken to us? Or was it an action or lack of an action? A gun by itself is harmless. Even with ammunition, it’s not lethal until it’s pointed at what you intend to shot. Stupid is just a word until it’s pointed at someone to harm them.

As hard as it may seem, we need to stop putting value on the words that devalue us. The only true opinion we should real y care about is that of Christ. Do not let others dictate who you are or your value. Remember we were created in God’s image. So because God is not a loser, not stupid, not ugly, and not unloved or even unwanted, we cannot be those things God is not. So the next time someone tries to devalue you, just say, “I know my value, for I am a child of the most high God!”

You can read more at my blog  http://carlosaranda.tateauthor.com

How To Know Your Calling

What’s God’s Calling on Your Life?

So What have I Been Called To Do – How Do I Hear God’s Calling Voice?

The thing to realise is that we’ve all been called to live godly lives and that can be tough – a lifetimes work in itself. You could say that’s all we need to know, but this ignors the desires that push and pull us in every direction imaginable. Not surprisingly many people want to do the glamorous things in life -it’s natural. But don’t be seduced by media glamour – God probably has more useful plans. Push doors but take each day at a time. God will give you things as you can handle them. Remember – small steps done well achieve better results. There are no short cuts to the top (despite current wisdom) and what appears a shortcut may actually be a side or even a backwards step.

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How do I know if I’m in line with God’s calling?

For certain you will have a nagging disquiet if you’re not in line with God. It happens to everybody so don’t worry if you’re having trouble with it. You don’t have to be perfect to be used by God. Just stay open. Another thing to remember is God says his yolk is light – in other words if you’re excessively stressed -you may be off course. Search your heart, check your motives and chose a path that suits your character and gifting for the right reasons. Whatever you do, do it the best you can.

What’s gifting then?

We all like to label ourselves with some romantic titles – painter, musician or businessman! But what would you call youself if there were no paintbrushes instruments or businesses? It’s not what you do that defines who you are – you’re not actually a painter or business man, you’re you. The gift is the particular way your brain’s wired not what you do with it – and we’re all wired differently and capable of different things sometimes overlapping in abilities. Michelangelo said “you paint with your brains not your hands”. But then what did he know!

Unfolding the rosebud – a poem

A young, new preacher was walking with an older, more seasoned preacher in the garden one day and feeling a bit insecure about what God wanted him to do, he was inquiring of the older preacher. The older preacher walked up to a rosebush and handed the young preacher a rosebud and told him to open it without tearing off any petals. The young preacher looked in disbelief at the older preacher and was trying to figure out what a rosebud had to do with his wanting to know the WILL OF GOD for his life and ministry. But, because of his high respect for the older preacher, he proceeded to TRY to unfold the rose, while keeping every petal intact. It wasn’t long before he realized it was impossible to do so. Noticing the younger preacher’s inability to unfold the rosebud while keeping it intact, the older preacher began to recite the a poem.

“It is only a tiny rosebud, A flower of God’s design; But I cannot unfold the petals With these clumsy hands of mine. The secret of unfolding flowers Is not known to such as I. GOD opens this flower so sweetly, When in my hands they fade and die. If I cannot unfold a rosebud, This flower of God’s design, Then how can I think I have wisdom To unfold this life of mine? So I’ll trust in Him for His leading Each moment of every day. I will look to him for His guidance Each step of the pilgrim way. The pathway that lies before me, Only my Heavenly Father knows. I’ll trust Him to unfold the moments, Just as He unfolds the rose.

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What Does The Bible Say About Ageing

Ageing Help & The Christian

“Worry doesn’t accomplish anything.” Psalm 37:8, TLB

Gray hair as a “crown of glory,” a sign of “experience?” The Almighty’s values are a far cry from our own.

God’s Word has a lot to say about heaven and also about aging. We can be thankful that God has a more gracious attitude toward aging than our youth-obsessed society does.

Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained by living a godly life. Proverbs 16:31

The glory of the young is their strength; the grey hair of experience is the splendour of the old. Proverbs 20:29

open-bibleonwhiteWhat The Bible Says on Aging

What an unfashionable idea! Grey hair as a “crown of glory,” a sign of “experience.” The Almighty’s values are a far cry from our own. Instead of being “disposable seniors,” the elderly are promised God’s continuing concern.

I will be your God throughout your lifetime – until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you. Isaiah 46:4

Grandchildren are the crowning glory of the aged. Proverbs 17:6

Advice for Christians Worried About Getting Older

Show your fear of God by standing up in the presence of elderly people and showing respect for the aged. I am the LORD . Leviticus 19:32

The godly will flourish like palm trees and grow strong like the cedars of Lebanon. For they are transplanted into the LORD ‘s own house. They flourish in the courts of our God. Even in old age they will still produce fruit; they will remain vital and green.Psalm 92:12-14

Retirement In The Bible

All of us spend all our working lives trying to save up a nest-egg for retirement but in The Bible there is no mention of retirement. We are meant to go on doing God’s work – whatever that is – until we can no longer do it!

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