Ya Gotta Use What Ya Got

Today’s Journey Through the Bible Readings
Leviticus 6-7; Matthew 25:1-30


26 “His master replied, ‘You evil and lazy servant! You knew that I harvest grain where I haven’t sown and that I gather crops where I haven’t spread seed? 27 In that case, you should have turned my money over to the bankers so that when I returned, you could give me what belonged to me with interest. 28 Therefore, take from him the valuable coin and give it to the one who has ten coins. 29 Those who have much will receive more, and they will have more than they need. But as for those who don’t have much, even the little bit they have will be taken away from them. 30 Now take the worthless servant and throw him outside into the darkness’ (Matthew 25:26-30, Common English Bible).

Do you ever feel envious of someone else and the talents they have? I know I do. I would imagine you do too.

I play the guitar. Well, I probably should be a little more clear. I strum the guitar. I am far from a good guitar player, much less great.

There were two occasions I felt envious of the skill I was seeing when I watched a couple of old guitar solos.The first, an old episode of Hee-Haw was on and they featured a Roy Clark solo. Oh, how I wish I could play guitar like Roy Clark. His fingers seemed to fly across the strings and it resulted in some beautiful music.

The second time was also watching some old video too. Without question, Chuck Berry is one of the greatest guitar players of all time. I found myself wishing I had a tenth of his talent.

I sing bass with a barbershop chorus called “The Coastalaires.” I am not a great singer. At best, I do OK. I don’t have a solo quality voice. Still, I do enjoy singing with these guys. It isn’t unusual for me to feel envious of them. There are some great voices in that group.

I have said to more than a few people that if I could do anything I wanted to do in life, I would be the bass singer in a quartet like the Statler Brothers, the Oak Ridge Boys or some Southern Gospel quartet. I envy Harold Reid (Statler Brothers) and Richard Sterban (the Oak Ridge Boys).

Yes, when I hear those guys sing and play I get envious. But then, I ask myself, can those guys preach? Can they do wood carving or chalk drawings? Can they write a daily blog, poems or children’s stories? I could go on but…

In the lesson today, the master had entrusted financial assets to three servants. The first two, the two who received the most money, put what they had to work. Each doubled the master’s money. The third buried it in the ground. He didn’t use what he had.

I’m not sure if he was envious of what the first two had, but he didn’t use what he had and he ended up losing it. What a waste.

The same can happen to us. We all have gifts and talents God entrusts to us. You gotta use what ya got or you just might lose it.

God has blessed me with many talents. I am not a stand out with any. In every case, there are those who are better, much better. Still, it doesn’t matter how good I am as much as it matters that I use the things the Master has entrusted to me. You see, in the end, ya gotta use what ya got!

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved


Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

One thought on “Ya Gotta Use What Ya Got

  1. He certainly has blessed us. What I have observed is that there are people in the body of Christ who just have no idea what their spiritual gifts are. Often we can rattle off our natural talents but know jack about the spiritual gifts. Really important stuff.

    Thanks for posting, we really do have to use what has been given to us.

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