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A talent is something that we are born with that gives us unique skills and abilities.

Talent is set apart from knowledge in that it is not a learned behaviour, although it can be strengthened and practiced.

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace” 1 Peter 4:10.

The Bible tells us that we are all born with different talents and gifts that set us apart from each other. When you discover the talents that God has given you, thank God for them. Living out your talents it can help us find our unique calling in life.

Paris is one of the Castlerigg Manor volunteers who decided to step out of her normal routine and her comfort zone in Barrow to serve God through serving the Diocese searching and living out her Faith, living in community carrying out youth work sharing her gifts and talents each day and encouraging others to find their own.

One of Paris’s talents is music. She is very talented at singing and I have been telling her how she inspires the young children through singing practice and social time.

In the book of Gary Zukav called 'The seat of the Soul' which I am reading at the moment, he describes the Authentic power as the power that will never leave you but will benefit other people around you. Our best legacy we can leave behind in life, I believe, is that we share our talents, be it singing, playing football, playing guitar or something else. Every one of us was created with solutions to the challenges of others, through empowering them by using the talents we have.

You may have heard about ‘The Voice’ on national television. It is a campaign across England for spotting talented musicians who will participate in next year’s television show, and the winner is receives a recording contract and £100,000.

Well, recently in Keswick there have been auditions for this programme and it was of great joy to see our own Paris participating in the process in front of so many people. It was also great to see her in the Keswick Reminder too.

Through Paris’s example of sharing her talent I came to know that it’s better to believe in yourself and you keep your head held high so you can “run the race with endurance” Hebrews 12:1.

It reminds me that is “a man who sets to win, he never say impossible”.

If you have a talent, let it grow, do not hide it!

Cleo - Castlerigg Manor