From Raw Material To Something Of Value
One of the items in Ripleys Believe It Or Not, is a picture of a plain bar of iron. It is valued at 5$. The same bar of iron has a far different value, however, if it is fashioned into different items. As a pair of horseshoes, it would be worth $50. As sewing needles, it would be worth $5000. As balance springs for fine Swiss watches, it would be worth $500,000.
The raw mateial is not what is important, what is important is how raw material is developed.
Each of us has been given talents and abilities – some have received more, others less, but all have received something as a unique gift from God. As Christians, we also enjoy Spiritual gifts which flow from the Holy Spirit.
The value of these raw materials, however, is a moot point unless we develop and use our talents, abilities and special gifts as a force for good in this world. If you don’t know what your abilities and gifts are, ask God to reveal them to you. Then ask him to show you what he wants you to do with them. Your happiness and success in life will be found in fufilling His plan for your life.
(Taken from God’s little Devotional book for women.)