“Talent is a pursued interest. Anything you’re willing to practice you can do.” (Bob Ross)
I remember watching Ross’ painting program on PBS during the 70s. I’m not sure if I was more intrigued by his painting or his afro! Truth be told, his ability to bring a blank piece of canvas to life was amazing.
While I doubt I could ever paint like Bob Ross, I do agree with his statement above. We can get better at almost anything we’re willing to pursue and practice. Whether it’s painting, golf, shooting a basketball, sewing, cross-stitch, magic tricks – you name it. Any interest we pursue can become a talent if we’ll simply practice.
As I read Ross’ comment, my mind went to sharing the gospel with others. If we’re honest, a significant reason we’re afraid to do so is because we’ve not done so! We’ve not practiced it enough to feel confident in doing so. Yet, is there any reason to believe that repetitive practice in this area wouldn’t result in competence and talent?
Perhaps the underlying question is whether or not we have an underlying interest in seeing those outside the faith come to a saving knowledge of Christ. And within the competing priorities of our lives, how much time and attention does that interest receive? If we long to see lost people become saved, we’ll pursue that interest by consistently sharing the plan of salvation with others. As we do, our confidence will grow! And remember, Christ is with us as we tell others about Him (Matthew 28:20)!
Do you have an interest in sharing the gospel? If not, why not? If so, are you developing it into a talent through practice? –Dave
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)
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