This weekend, as we hear the Parable of the Talents, let's pause for a few moments and think about how God expects us to use our gifts to grow His kingdom on Earth. It's often easy to look at others-the musician, teacher, doctor, missionary-and clearly see their gifts. We assume they have something to offer God; we assume their skills are useful for growing His kingdom on Earth. But what about the rest of us? What about office managers, stay-at-home moms, accountants, waiters, and engineers? What do we ordinary people have to offer? The truth is, God gives each one of us gifts, though some might not be as obvious as others. Ask yourself this: What fuels my passion? What is it that I love to do and do well? The answer to that question may very well point to your God-given gifts. The key, of course, is to recognize your gifts and use them for the good of others. Don't hide your gifts; don't bury them, like the fearful third servant did, where they can't impact anyone else. And don't squander them either, but instead, invest them in growing the kingdom of God.