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Erma (and me)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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

I love Erma's sense of humor but this quote makes a person think about what we were given to use in our life time. So many of us haven't given thought to using up our talents. Do you suppose there is another talent waiting to be used if we went at our full potential? We always say God doesn't give us any more than He knows we can handle. Is there a talent in the learning process or when we feel our shoulder have borne enough.

Am I a teacher?
Am I a caregiver?
Am I a worker of a specific profession?
Am I a support system?
Am I able to show love of family & friends?
Am I able to love myself?
Am I a God fearing, God loving person?

Can we answer yes to these thought provokers? I say yes we can.
Thank you for all your comments & thoughts!
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  • XENA1956
    emoticon Great writing from Erma.
    1771 days ago
    1774 days ago
    That is really something to think about. I feel that I am not living up to my FULL potential, so I better get moving..... emoticon

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    1778 days ago
    Love Erma Bombeck-too bad she died too early. Maybe she felt she had reached her talents when she passed. She certainly entertained us all. I know one thing, I think a lot of us can handle much more than we think. I was watching So You think you can dance last night and this choreographer was saying to her pupils (who were moaning from being too tired while dancing). She said "Listen -your body can handle more than your mind thinks it can". I loved that! It is true-mind over matter! We just have to get up and do it-whatever it is in life we want to do! Not to be afraid or intimidated! emoticon
    1778 days ago
    I began reading Erma's column when I was junior high school age. My teacher had a subscription to the regional newspaper and reading it was one of the activities that we could do when our classwork in a subject was done. I loved to read Erma's and Heloise's columns.
    1778 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    1778 days ago
    I and my mom just loved Erma. Miss her witty-isms. :) Lovely blog.
    1779 days ago
    1779 days ago
    Erma . . . so witty and yet really had her priorities straight! Thanks for sharing this.

    HUGS and smiles. Going to use some talents today!
    1779 days ago
    1779 days ago
    Very interesting & thought provoking quote. I never would've looked at it that way, of using up a talent....or spending it completely. Hmmmm. I do enjoy using my talents....for myself and for whatever capacity I can help/give to another.

    I also believe the saying that our ministry is where/what we've already been through ourselves. Whatever struggles we've been through & survived, we are able to use that to an advantage & help others going through the same. It then becomes a positive, instead of only a negative.
    1779 days ago
    Thank you for sharing this. It really makes me think of the things I have to be thankful for.
    1779 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    I really like that! Thank you for sharing! This is a great thing for all of us to answer!
    1779 days ago
    1779 days ago
    Erma Bombeck is a writer that I to really enjoy. She has a way with words.
    The Bible has the story of the 'talents' and the servant that buried his. To me, this relates directly to the talents (gifts) God has given us. We are 'expected' to utilize them. IMHO, not to do so would be a sin.
    1779 days ago
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