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THE RELIGION CORNER: Are You Using Your God-Given Gifts?

Have you heard the commands of the Lord thy God, as He speaks to your spirit, ordering your steps during your time here on earth?

This column is about how my daughter Tanika put her dream on the shelf to start her family, getting married and having my lovely granddaughter, Lola, now 7 years old. Tanika has dusted off her dream and made it a reality.

I’m so proud of her. Tanika Belis, aka TJ, has opened her own all-organic beauty salon, Tokyo Blue Hair Lab, in Gilbert, Arizona, after completing cosmetology school 20 years ago! It appeared that she had buried her talent, but God is so good that even after so many years, TJ now has the keys to her very own beauty salon.

It is my honor to travel to Arizona for her Sept. 8 grand opening celebration! Everything is all set — caterers booked, invitations mailed, press kits ready. Her gift registry is already producing so many of the gifts she dreamed of having.

Finally working the talents God has blessed her with, she is ready to share those talents with customers. I’m most proud that she has plans to donate free services to the needy, particularly women in domestic violence shelters.

She did it, thanks be to God. YOU can do it, too!

Doubtful? Then consider The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), which tells of a master who was leaving his house to travel, and, before leaving, entrusted his property to his servants. According to the abilities of each man, one servant received five talents, the second servant received two talents, and the third servant received one talent. The property entrusted to the three servants was worth eight talents, where a talent was a significant amount of money. Upon returning home after a long absence, the master asks his three servants for an account of the talents he entrusted to them. The first and the second servants explain that they each put their talents to work, and have doubled the value of the property with which they were entrusted; each servant was rewarded.

His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”

The third servant, however, had merely hidden his talent, had buried it in the ground, and was punished by his master:

Then the one who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Sir, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered, ‘Evil and lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I didn’t sow and gather where I didn’t scatter? Then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received my money back with interest! Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten. For the one who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless slave into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'”

What have you been doing with the gift God has given to you?

Lyndia Grant is a speaker/writer living in the D.C. area. Her radio show, “Think on These Things,” airs Fridays at 6 p.m. on 1340 AM (WYCB), a Radio One station. To reach Grant, visit her website, www.lyndiagrantshow.com, email lyndiagrant@gmail.com or call 202-558-2107. Follow her on Twitter @LyndiaGrant and on Facebook.

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Lyndia Grant

A seasoned radio talk show host, national newspaper columnist, and major special events manager, Lyndia is a change agent. Those who experience hearing messages by this powerhouse speaker are changed forever!

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