Finding your Talent (How cool is this?)

Many times people say “I wish I was talented”,  or “I don’t have any talents.”

In The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) Jesus tells the story of a man who entrusts money to his servants while he is away. Upon his return the man finds that two of his servants had multiplied their investment while the other did nothing whatsoever with his, simply burying it in the ground.

Jason Yarbrough, pastor at  First Baptist Church, in Glenpool, OK recently gave “seed money”  ( $5 to $20) to members of  his congregation, challenging them to increase it using their talents, before returning it to the church.  The seed money allows even the youngest members the opportunity to participate in multiplying their seed money by using the gifts (talents) they have been given.

Sunday Aug 25, 2013 members of First Baptist in Glenpool will  get the tally on the amount that members talents brought in.


Disclaimer: I do not go there, have never been, not even sure exactly where it is located in
Glenpool. I am not a Baptist and I do not know anyone who goes there…..but I think this is a wonderful idea. I had read about it in Guideposts years ago and loved the idea then.


 A HUGE IMPACT FOR EVERYONE   As creative ideas flow, to help the church raise needed money, members who participate in the fun feel more connected.  Members watch their talents blossom as they realize what talents they have as they use them to increase the money they were entrusted with.  Others who do not attend that church might want to take part and become connected.
IDEAS ABOUND Some pool their seed money and share a larger project, while a few others  might supplement their seed money by “re-purposing” various items they already have that they would have otherwise sold at a garage sale for .25. ‘Many like to keep re-investing the profits back into their project until the deadline (as they sell items) to see how much they can come up with. (Maybe that is part of their talent.)

~  Wonder what happens  to a person who gives 100% (instead of 10%) from what is earned from their work, as they are doing here. 

~  HARVEST – A time to reap……In the fall (before “black Friday”) a church could gather up items and sell  at a “Harvest” sale, open to the community for all those who want to get a jump on Black Friday and Christmas.   Some might want to invest their seed money in selling warm soups and pies during the Harvest event, while others might want to go to a nursery supplier to purchase pumpkins and mums to sell at the event.     Pinterest is full of ideas. (All you do is type in a word or two of something you are interested in. Anything you can come up with you can find there and get even more interesting ideas. )

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29 Responses to Finding your Talent (How cool is this?)

  1. Dani says:

    I have heard of people discovering their talents this way and after the project is over they continue to take orders, using their talent to start a business.

    • Amberly says:

      The secret to the success of Mary Kay Ash’s cosmetic business was when she realized that people want more recognition and praise than money!

      Women who never led anything more demanding than the family dog for a walk have been transformed into sales managers leading up to 20,000 people each.
      How did Mary Kay (Cosmetics) do it? By giving people recognition!

      Let members be encouraged and recognized for using their talents and see what happens.

      • Sandy says:

        You want the approval of those with whom you come in contact. You want recognition of your true worth. You want a feeling that you are important in your little world. You don’t want to listen to cheap, insincere flattery, but you do crave sincere appreciation. You want your friends and associates to be, as Charles Schwab put it, “hearty in their appreciation and lavish in their praise”. All of us want that.

        – From the book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

    • Devon says:

      big point is helping us to find and use talents….don’t just teach how to play basketball
      or other sports all day….to stay out of trouble. Encourage using God given talent to create something that can
      be turned in to a way to help support themselves by making money. Then the sky is the limit on what we do with
      that talent. l(what is it about give me a fish and I eat today but teach me to fish and I eat my whole life
      Sure sports is fun and a few….a very few will make money from it….Then we get old and we can’t play sports
      no more so what do we do? We have to take government money. Screw that. I am better than that.

  2. G.Doran says:

    You can buy your pumpkins and mums from some of the suppliers that sell to nurseries, if you know how to find them.

  3. Meagan says:

    A church might have what qualifies as a “commercial kitchen” which is good.
    Do you need a food handlers permit for the cooks and servers?

  4. Kayley says:

    Yeah….if someone sews they should check pinterest. Anyone who has a monogram machine could do good. Look what a neat job this woman does:

  5. Tadpole says:

    A GARDENER might raise and sell Plants and flowers cuttings, Pumpkins, water melon, canteloupe, Tomatoes and Heirloom seeds

  6. Tadpole says:

    Glow in the dark planters (on pinterest)
    (When you open it click on the last of the pictures to learn how to make the paint if you want. But you can buy it, too.)

    Good idea to have it “lit up” outside ones home (to help keep burglars away) without having to pay for electricity. I’d buy some of those stepping stones and one of those planters!

  7. Alyssa says:

    You could use your $20 to buy at garage sales and repurpose items then resell on Craig’s list or eBay

    sort of like a scavenger hunt, too, to see what all you can pick up to make their items.

    • Kim D. says:

      Why not everyone pool the stuff they would normally put in a garage sale and scavenge from each other to see what you could do with the scavenged items to make money for the Church?

  8. Dalae says:

    Hair things
    Anything for Baby or weddings that is different will usually sell. (Pinterest for ideas.)
    Good Native American Indian stuff (made by a native american) sells well on Amazond
    Chalkboard paint (Pinterest shows how to make it from sanded grout and paint!)
    Stained glass
    Kids- bracelets and earrings
    Print pic on fabric for quilt

  9. Dianna says:


    Paint a room
    Painter of a painting
    Paint curbs with house numbers
    Younger kids set up Amazon for older members as another way to make $
    Pick up groceries. Use money for gas and accept tips and use coupons!
    Clean houses
    Detail cars
    Clean garage or attic for junk to sell to ant shops
    Buy Sprayway and wash windows or with vinegar and water.
    Tea parties for birthdays
    Ladies tea/style show or some other entertainment that will get someone out in the forefront.

  10. Tulsage says:

    SAVINGS Use coupons to extend sales

    Use 50% coup at Good Will , Salvation Army while looking for supplies to repurpose.
    Use coupon Hancocks, Joann, Hobby Lobby and Michaels if making something

    Price Match all sales

    • Sue says:

      Sign up to get Joann coupons in snail mail. They have lots of craft things—
      not just fabric so men can go there. (I got a coupon for an EXTRA 20% off even on sale items.)


      Use competitors coupons (Hobby Lobby, Michael and Hancock’s coupons)
      at Joann’s. So if you want to buy something and it isn’t on sale, simply make your own sale by taking in one you printed from your computer or show them the coupon on your smartphone!

      That is right–Hancocks & JoAnn Fabric accept each others coupons plus other competitors such as Michaels and Hobby Lobby coupons!!

      At Joann I bought two items and used a Hobby Lobby coupon on one item and would have let me use the one for Joann but the item was already on sale.
      Here is an example- you go to Joann and want to purchase 5 items and only one of the 5 is on sale: you get that one for the sale price. Then use the coupons you have gleaned from the internet or the newspaper.


      *Joann (usually 50% off) google it and you can also send it to your mobile device (Watch the newspaper inserts during the week.
      *Hancock Fabrics m click on “local ad” (usually 50% off) See if this will work to copy and paste I got a coupon on Wednesday, inside the newspaper., so watch there.
      *Michaels (usually 40% off) Sunday Tulsa World newspaper.
      *Hobby Lobby coupons (usually 40% off) Tulsa World on Sunday ( Smartphone users)


      Collect your coupons before you go, print them off the internet or use your smartphone when you check out if you have to and buy at a nice discount.

      • Tulsage says:

        Want to do some price matching at Walmart? Shop the ads in the following link, make your list and head on to Walmart.

      • Dawn says:

        Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores offers price matching
        -Price to match must have been advertised within the past 7 days
        -Includes ads for competitors
        -Requires proof of lower price via original/current ad or print-out of online price
        -Excludes special buys, liquidations, doorbusters and club purchases

        And you can use more than 1 coupon per visit,Example I was able to use a 40% off coupon on 1 regular price item and a 25% off the whole store purchase on regular and sale priced items excluding the 40% off coupon item. The register automatically detects the coupon used. If you have a 2 coupons that are40% off a regular priced item YOU can use both coupons 1 on each item.

  11. Tulsage says:

    Have supplies laying around and don’t know what you could make? Open the following link and then scroll down to the smartphone,default,pg.html

    You will read:
    Have a little bit of this and need a bit of that? Don’t toss those odds and ends – get crafty and use them to create something new!

    Just enter the specific materials you have on hand into our exclusive project builder, and we’ll match you with some cool project ideas. Try it on the new app today!

    Text APP1 to CREATE (273283) to send a link to your phone*.
    Compatibility: (iPhone)
    *Message and data rates may apply.
    Reply HELP for help. Reply STOP to opt-out.

  12. Anita Faith says:

    First Baptist Church in Glenpool is SO excited about the challenge our Pastor presented to us starting with the shock of handing out envelopes containing money at one of our services! The church secretary Becky and I were led to host the 1st Annual South County’s Got Talent Contest! The ‘Talent’ contest provides those with talents such as musical, dancing, singing, etc. to display their talents. Trophies will be awarded and tickets are being sold throughout the communities to attend the show! Concession will be available! Becky and I are using our talent of planning and organizing to put together a fun and entertaining show! Email to enter show or purchase tickets!

    • Anita Faith says:

      1st Annual South County’s Got Talent Contest! Hosted by First Baptist Church, Glenpool
      Saturday, September 21st, 6:00 – 8:00 pm >> 14567 South Broadway, Glenpool
      Tickets are $5 at the door, children 12 and under get in free!

      • Anita Faith says:

        The Talent Contest was SO much fun! 24 performers competed for Trophies and Prizes. The worship leader Blake Smith opened the show with singing and the Pastor of FBCG Jason Yarbrough closed the show, also singing, both sharing one of the talents they have been given. The Talent Contest has raised a little over $1,000 so far with DVD’s being made available for a $10 donation. The Talent challenge the Pastor brought to the church has now raised over $10,000 towards the churches building fund. The money raised through this challenge is great of course, but the lives that have been touched through using our ‘Talents from God, for God’ has really been the great reward!

  13. Connie says:

    Just heard of a family reunion where they all brought something for a silent auction to pay for the meeting place and the paper plates and cups. They made over $400. This could be done with anything that had not yet sold from the original $20 that was given and would be a fun way for non-memebers to get involved. What a community builder this church seems to be. We wish you the best!

  14. Tara Leigh says:

    Finding your talent ties in with this story by Neil Jacobson an advocate for those with (what some call) “disabilities”. Jacobson who has cerebral palsy is an information technology professional who co-founded the World Institute on Disability’s Center on Economic Growth in 2011.

    Below are blips taken from the story he wrote for McClatchy-Tribune News Service:

    I firmly believe that all people must work — even those with disabilities. Like me.

    Work brings meaning to life, provides important social connections and allows people to provide economically for themselves and their families….Our society has made it nearly impossible for most disabled people to secure long-term gainful employment…..Our nation’s policies hold very low expectations for individuals with disabilities. Indeed, the government definition of disability as the “inability to work” creates a serious disincentive to finding employment. As a child with cerebral palsy, my parents did all they could to foster my self-reliance…..they had seen how those who could not work were considered worthless

    For me the payoffs have been enormous. Despite my obvious disability — I can’t sit upright, I have involuntary movements and my speech impairment is significant — for nearly 30 years I built a career at Wells Fargo, rising to senior vice president of information technology. Work gave me purpose. Work made me proud. Work allowed me to gain economic independence and build a secure financial future…..people with disabilities can be full partners in our nation’s economic growth. Instead of relegating them to disability benefits and safety nets, we must create a system of supports that make work and economic success an achievable dream. It is time to stop saying, “Disabled people can work” and start believing that “All people must work.” ….. in collaboration with the National Council on Independent Living, we are asking Congress to pass legislation that would allow us to demonstrate through a five-state pilot program the benefits of a career-oriented approach that could replace the current Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance programs for young adults with disabilities….. we need to make every effort to give those with disabilities the opportunity to reach their economic potential and become full participants in the labor market. I have seen the transformative power of work in my own life. Now is the time to ensure that more people with disabilities have that same chance.

    Read more here:

  15. M. Airy says:

    Recently, I called a company who marketed products
    for the visually impaired. I explained that I needed an item for a lady
    who was on disability. Sharply, the lady on the phone asked me, “Does she
    work”? I responded “No, the lady cannot work now”. Sharply, the lady asked
    “Why not”! I explained that I could not discuss the lady’s medical history.
    The lady on the phone said, “I’ve been blind all my life, but I still work
    every day”. I told her I was so happy for her that she could work. I had
    to giggle as the lady was so very put off that the lady I was calling about
    did not work. LOL I explained that the lady had worked all her life too,
    but had become too ill to work. At that, she passed me over to someone
    who could answer my questions. I was so impressed with that lady.

  16. Brett says:

    Tulsa World OK magazine under Diversions by Elaine Burkhardt – Nov 16, 1980 about Grace Maitlen. The title was Fabulous Confection.

    “The premier peanut brittle maker humbly took some to her church bazaar years ago. But everyone was so sweet on the stuff, Mrs. Maitlen found herself taking orders. Now from October to January she’s busy making as much as 700-800 pounds of peanut brittle.”

  17. Dan the man says:

    Read this somewhere: Education is important but motivation is more important. Talent counts but motivation counts more. Motivation is the power that creates action, it is the fuel of success.

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