Talent is awesome. Anyone who’s ever experienced it running through their blood and out of their skin knows what I’m talking about. It’s a holy event. It makes you feel at one with the universe. But what does talent mean? What is the definition of talent?
The secret often forgotten in talent is that it’s the energy that makes us go. It’s the power that can drive you to find your purpose of life. Your mind and body can only take you so far. But your talent, that’s the only thing that can take you to where you’re supposed to be. Not living with your talent is like slaving and buying your energy from someone else. But living in the life that your talent provides, is like having your own nuclear generator that runs for free and can take you anywhere you want to go in life.
Yesterday I was in a seeking mood and decided to go skiing last night. So I packed my bags, threw my gear in the car, and then drove off into the night to the ski area forty minutes away.
Once I hit the hi-way I threw some music on and leaned back in the seat and tried to think. As the lights, and towns, and trees zoomed by, I traveled deeper into the moment and explored where this trail of thought was leading me. I followed past my skin and bones, heart and mind, and reached an uncharted spot directly in the center of my soul. It was the source of my talent. It was creating a deeper place than I’ve ever experienced before. In our western culture we often think of talent being an external action producing artistic expression and transfers of energy. But as I focused deeper on this energy bubbling inside me, I realized there is much more going on than what people can see on the surface concerning our talent.
I was still driving. As I reached deeper revelations concerning this subject, I felt like going faster because the adrenaline was spiking as I was getting nearer to what I’m searching for. But I controlled my body and stayed at the posted speed limit. I didn’t want to get picked up by any cops or hit a deer. In the back of my mind I remembered something a friend once told me, “Slow and steady will win the race. Reckless and fast will crash and burn.”
I believe we are all fragments of God, and that fragment is in each of us like an invisible atom which powers everything we do. It is an energy we are born with, and we get to choose how we use it. How we direct that tiny fragment is the direction we will take our lives. The secret in finding the life you’re looking for is understanding how to express that fragment, because if you can open up God within you, and pour all his energy out into the world, you can open powers that can take you to incredible heights. You’re doing something bigger than splitting atoms. Think of all your role models. That’s all they’re are doing. They’re not geniuses. They’re not specially gifted. They’re just like you and me. They’re people who have found their way to release God inside of them and do so fearlessly.
I eventually pulled my car into the parking lot and got out. I watched as a light fog of crystallized snow drifted down the hills and into the valleys. I pulled out my skis and threw them over my shoulder and walked toward the chalet.
Slowly I put on each element of clothing that I would need to fulfill the purpose I came for. I pulled on my boots, and sipped on a coca-cola for a little extra sugar-rush. This was a metaphor for the first steps of drawing out your talent. I looked around and felt comfortable in this landscape. Everyone here was living for the same reason. I felt like I fit in, and I could exist here happily. And I moved on.
I walked out the doors and pulled my goggles down. I dropped my skis onto the snow and stepped into them. The snow was cold and fast. I’d be able to cruise tonight. I looked down at my skis. These were the tools that would help me get done what I came to do. As a human alone, I’m clumsy and slow. But give me the tools that my talent needs to explode outward, and I can do unbelievable things.
I rode up the chair, and then skied down, and then rode up a different chair that would take me to the highest, steepest hill in the area. The chair reminded me of God again. It would take me hours to walk up the hill alone, but with its help it just picked me up and carried me up to the highest heights.
At the top of this great hill overlooking everything – all the houses and lights and people down below – I stopped and wondered if this is what the view must be like when you finally reach the highest, final peak of your purpose in life. Where you meet the definition of the talent you carry within face-to-face? I wonder if know who you are when you get there, and finally understand what you were sent here to earth to do.
Of course I’m not there yet… I’m still climbing, and practicing, and just trying to figure out my purpose in life. But I feel like I’m on my way… I feel like I’m beginning to find the source of my talent, and understand how to properly direct it. I looked around out at the night from the highest summit and stood there… This is what the dream must look like when you fulfill your purpose of life. Blissful – and the view goes on forever.