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A Hidden Gift

Daily Devotional for May 30, 2016

Read: Matthew 25:14-29

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'C'mon Fritz," Gemma called to her dog. "Let's go outside." When she opened the back door, Fritz raced out into the fenced yard. Then he ran back to Gemma. He jumped up playfully before racing through the yard once again. Finally, he stopped near his favorite bush and sniffed the ground. "Here, Fritz," called Gemma, picking up a ball. Fritz continued to sniff out the area, then dug into the ground with his front paws and nose. Gemma walked over and saw that he had uncovered a bone. He lay down and began chewing on it contentedly. "Silly dog," Gemma said. She sat on the ground beside him and stroked his back.

A short time later, they went back into the house. "Fritz dug up a bone and chewed it a while, and then he buried it again," Gemma told her mother. "Why do dogs bury bones?"

"I don't really know," replied Mom.

"Well, you're really silly, Fritz," Gemma told her pet. "When I get something good, I don't hide it!"

"Are you sure of that?" asked Mom. "I can think of one thing you take out and use for yourself, and then you hide it away when you're done--kind of like Fritz."

"I hide something away?" asked Gemma. She frowned. "Like what? I can't think of anything."

"How about the gift for music that God has given you? You play the flute so well," said Mom, "and I can think of a few ways that you can use that God-given gift."

"Really? That's different from what I meant about Fritz," Gemma said thoughtfully.

"True--it is different," agreed Mom. "A dog's bone is not going to bless other people the way music from your flute could. We gave the bone to Fritz for his pleasure and to strengthen his teeth. But God gives Christians talents and abilities so they can use them to serve and glorify Him. You could share your talent with others in lots of ways, Gemma. Think about it."

Gemma didn't reply, but as she went to her room, she did think about it. She knew Mom was right and that she could use her talent for the Lord. Nance E. Keyes



HOW ABOUT YOU?
Do you have a talent or ability that you might be able to share with others? Perhaps you can sing, draw, or think of fun games to play with little kids. God gives people all kinds of gifts, and when you share a gift He’s given you with others, you’re giving glory to Him! Don’t be afraid to share your talents—use them to bless others and bring glory to God.

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: 1 Peter 4:10 (KJV)
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another.
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