Use It or Lose It

Making the most of every opportunity.
                     —Ephesians 5:16

She has closets and cabinets full of stuff that has never been used—silverware, china, crystal, linens, candles, perfume. She’s saving them for some special occasion that never seems to arrive.

Silver tarnishes when it isn’t used. Linens turn yellow. Candles melt. Perfume goes flat.

Unused talents go bad too.

Leonard Sweet says that when he has to account for the use of his life, he thinks it will go something like this …

“Empty your pockets. What have you got left? Any unused talent that we gave you when you were born? Any unsaid compliments or bits of love that haven’t been spread around?”

Sweet said he’d like to be able to answer: “I’ve nothing to return. I spent everything you gave me. I’m as naked as the day I was born.”

Every talent comes with a responsibility;
every opportunity with an obligation.

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