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Short Stories (Stories for the Youth), book by Father Tadros Yacoub Malaty

219- I Feel Lost

 

St-Takla.org Image: God's gifts and talents to you صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: كلمات مواهب و عطايا الله لك

St-Takla.org Image: God's gifts and talents to you

صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: كلمات مواهب و عطايا الله لك

In June 1996, as several theologians from the Middle East were meeting, the bishop of Limasol, Cyprus, said, “I am lost.”

One of those present asked, “Why do you say that?”

He said, “I speak English, Greek and German, but I cannot understand Arabic. All of you speak Arabic.”

He added, “This reminds me of the story of a ship captain, who was listening to the people on board. The first one was bragging about his knowledge in mathematics, the second about his knowledge in philosophy, etc. The captain of the ship was embarrassed because of his lack of education. An hour later, there was a violent storm. Everybody was screaming and the ship began to sink. The captain asked them if they knew how to swim but they did not. He told them that they would all sink.”

You might think that knowledge and degrees in science is all what you need in life, but always remember that your talents, which might not please others, may save your life. Do not underestimate your talents.

→ English translation of the story here at St-Takla.org: أشعر بالضياع.

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Lord, help me to discover my hidden talents,

So that I may be faithful in the little,

And thus, I shall receive what is much more.

I am not asking for more talents,

But I need Your help to be faithful in using mine.

May Your Holy Spirit work through my talents.

May He work in me, I am the weak.

For Your power is manifested through weakness.


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