Discovering the Talents of Others by Stephen Young
By Stephen Young
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By Krissy Nelson
"Do you see any truly competent workers? They will serve kings rather than working for ordinary people." (Proverbs 22:29, NLT)
"Observe people who are good at their work — skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don't take a back seat to anyone." (Proverbs 22:29, The Message)
I believe that we are called, as followers of Christ, not to take a back seat to anyone but to rise to the top and "serve kings." You may not literally serve a king, but it gives the picture of someone who is of importance. Whether you work in business or ministry, or both, you also need people around you that can help you with your vision. You can't do it on your own. They may help you in different ways. They may work for you, they may provide you with counsel and wisdom, they may be someone who commits to praying for you and your success on a regular basis, they may provide financial backing to your business or ministry, there are many people called to do many different types of things to help you succeed.
This is twofold, you're called to help someone else be successful and there are those called to help you be successful, it's a cycle. It's important that we are always looking for the talent in others around us and help to pull that out of them. Many times, we can see things in others that they can't see, and others see things in us that we can't see. We must discover those skills and talents and encourage them to walk in them. Who knows, that person that seems insignificant may have something in them that leads them to becoming the CEO of your company or a Senior Leader in your ministry. Discover those things and begin to pull them out of them.
How do You do that?
You begin by giving them small tasks that will build their confidence. Something you know they can easily be successful at. As they begin to see what they are capable of, their confidence builds, as their confidence builds they become willing to take on more difficult tasks and take bigger risks. I know this because this is what has happened in my life in both business and ministry. On both ends I was given simple tasks that built my confidence and as that built I was given tasks that stretched me more. I would not have stepped into those stretching tasks early on because I did not have the confidence. Now, because of people pulling talent out of me, there's not much I won't tackle. I have the confidence that I can be successful. Why is that? Because people around me applied the scripture above and I believed in the scripture above for myself.
"Observe people who are good at their work — skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don't take a back seat to anyone."
Purpose to discover talents in others and allow others to discover talents in you. You are not called to take a back seat but to always be in demand and admired.
Procrastination is something that we all deal with from time to time. Some may deal with it more than others. For some it may be almost a way of life where others may only deal with it periodically. Either way, procrastination can hold up our progress and delay success. So, how do we shift from procrastination to acceleration? It starts by understanding the meaning behind these two words as well as the root of what causes procrastination. Once we know that, we can develop a plan for our own lives that moves us from a mode of procrastination to a mode of acceleration.
In my last post I talked about balance and today I want to talk about structure, and the importance of it. As I mentioned in my last post, my writings are taking a slight shift. I want you to begin to see how you can take the things that we learn in the spiritual realm, the talents and gifts that God gives us, and apply them to our natural world. How can we take these things and use what God has given us to be successful in our everyday natural world? Being structured is key to finding and keeping balance in your life. You're working in business, yet you have a call for ministry, like me, and you must balance those two parts of your life. You're called to have your feet in both worlds. Defining a structure will help you to do this and be successful.
This writing is a little different than what most of you are used to seeing from me. We are shifting the focus of the ministry slightly and gearing it more towards helping people take the gifts and talents God has given them and applying those to your natural life so that you can be successful. You will see that my writings are going to become more practical, things that you can immediately apply to your life today. It doesn't mean they won't have a prophetic element but that the prophetic element will be displayed through showing you how you can take what you know and be successful in your family, business, career, and all aspects of your personal life.