“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.” ― Erma Bombeck.
Every Sunday in our little Presbyterian church on the Blue Ridge Parkway, we pray together a prayer of 'confession'. For me, it's quite powerful to hear a roomful of folks who have become like family and dear friends, say together we may not have lived up to our potential (among other things). We ask forgiveness for "wasting your gifts" (and for "forgetting your love", which is quite powerful in itself). I know I could use my talents better. I know when I'm being lazy. I know when I'm not trusting and have self-doubts. This weekly 'confession' helps to get me back on track, to look at the opportunities I have on this very day. Of course, figuring out what our 'gifts' are is a whole 'nother topic, isn't it?! - Beth Almond Ford