"For we are God's workmanship, created in Jesus Christ to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10

I love to go to the craft fairs and talk with the different crafters as they display their creations and talk about their lives.

They are proud of their work and many times we do not realize the hours that have gone into a craft, but the crafter knows and he also realizes the weak points and the positive things his creation can do. My mother has a tatted doily that I have matted and framed. Every time she looks at it she tells the story of how she won a ribbon with it at the state fair. She is proud of it and there are memories connected to it.

Crafters have made many of the same objects, but there are not two exactly alike. God prepared us in advance for what we could do and provided us with the talents we would need to do good works. There are many with the same talents but the talents are not exactly alike. God knows the gifts he has given us. We have talents we have not used. We do not like to get out of our comfort zone.

I am surprised as I think of an object for one use and then the creator tells me five or six good ideas that the same object can be used for.

We fail to think about all the talents God has given us and focus on one. When we move out of our comfort zone there are some unexpected pleasant surprises.

Perhaps your talent is making people feel good about themselves or taking a lonely person to lunch, a talent of hospitality. Talents are not always things we put on display or sell, that is our craft.

Has God nudged you to take on a project and you have ignored it because, in your opinion, it was beyond your abilities? I have been guilty of this but also have been blessed when I have stretched myself just a bit farther. Give it a try.

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