“Talent is a gift that brings with it an obligation to serve the world, and not ourselves, for it is not of our making.” Jose Marti
Two major ideas stand out from this quote worthy of consideration.
First, talent is a gift. There is not enough space to dig into all the details of this statement. We all have opportunities to develop the abilities we have been given. Through education or experience we can develop natural gifts and improve the use of our talent to serve others, but talent is something given to us by God.
Second, there is an obligation to use our talents to serve the greater good. To think that the abilities we have been given are only for ourselves is an incredible act of narcissism. As stated above, the talent we have is not of our making. The obligation we must fulfill is serving the good of others.
The application of this thought could be one of the most world changing steps in leadership. This example, as demonstrated by godly leaders toward others, illustrates one of the most significant forms of biblical love.