“A SKILLED HAWK . . . GOD’S CREATION

DID YOU EVER WATCH A HAWK IN FLIGHT? A HAWK FLIES NOT ONLY WITH AERONAUTIC GRACE BUT WITH PERFECTED SKILLS. HAWKS FLY MASSIVE AREAS TO FIND THEIR PREY. WITH WHAT IS CALLED DOUBLE BINOCULAR VISION, THEY CAN SEE NOT ONLY A MAGNIFICATION OF WHAT IS IN FRONT OF THEM, BUT WITH OVERLAPPING VISION THEY CAN SEE WHAT IS TO THEIR LEFT AND RIGHT, ALL AT THE SAME TIME. WITH VISION EIGHT TIMES GREATER THAN A HUMAN, ON A CLEAR DAY, A HAWK CAN SEE A RODENT UP TO A FULL MILE AWAY! AREN’T GOD’S CREATIONS AMAZING?

JUST AS GOD CREATED DIFFERENT BIRDS, HE CREATED HUMANS WITH DIFFERENCES AS WELL. JUST AS GOD CREATED HUMANS OF DIFFERENT HEIGHTS, WEIGHTS, SKIN COLORS AND PERSONALITIES, HE CREATED US WITH DIFFERENT TALENTS. WHILE SOME THINGS WE MAY NOT DO WELL AT ALL, SOME THINGS WE CAN DO BETTER THAN OTHERS. WE HAVE GREAT ATHLETES WHO MAY NOT HAVE THE ABILITY TO CREATE A GREAT RECIPE OR A SCIENTIST WHO CAN SPLIT AN ATOM BUT MAY NOT BE THE GREATEST PIANIST. SKILLS AND TALENTS ARE CREATED GIFTS FROM GOD.

GOD MAY GIVE US A UNIQUE SKILL OR TALENT BUT IT IS UP TO US, INDIVIDUALLY, TO PERFECT THESE GIFTS FROM GOD. A HAWK HAS GREAT VISION AND FLYING SKILLS BECAUSE IT USES THESE GOD GIVEN ABILITIES EVERY DAY. WE BECOME BETTER AT THINGS WHEN WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE BLESSING GOD HAS GIVEN US. WE SHOW OUR APPRECIATION TO GOD BY USING THESE SKILLS AND TALENTS TO THE BENEFIT OF SOMEONE ELSE.

WHAT IS ONE THING THAT YOU DO ESPECIALLY WELL? HAVE YOU SHARED WITH OTHERS THE ABILITIES GOD HAS BLESSED YOU WITH? MAYBE YOU HAVE A TALENT FOR TEACHING, PLAYING A MUSICAL INSTRUMENT, BAKING COOKIES, REPAIRING A CAR, CREATING WEALTH, BUILDING A HOUSE OR BEING A GREAT MOTHER. WHATEVER YOUR GOD GIVEN SKILL OR TALENT IS, IT IS OF LITTLE OR NO VALUE UNLESS YOU SHARE IT WITH SOMEONE ELSE.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TODAY FOR SOMEONE ELSE? TELL GOD YOU APPRECIATE HIS GIFTS BY SHARING YOUR TALENTS WITH OTHERS.

“WE HAVE DIFFERENT GIFTS, ACCORDING TO THE GRACE GIVEN TO EACH OF US. IF YOUR GIFT IS PROPHESYING, THEN PROPHESY IN ACCORDANCE WITH YOUR FAITH; IF IT IS SERVING, THEN SERVE; IF IT IS TEACHING, THEN TEACH; IF IT IS TO ENCOURAGE, THEN GIVE ENCOURAGEMENT; IF IT IS GIVING, THE GIVE GENEROUSLY; IF IT IS TO LEAD, DO IT DILIGENTLY; IF IT IS TO SHOW MERCY, DO IT CHEERFULLY.” ROMANS 12:6-8 NIV