Every individual has talent in one way or another. Some have more and some less, but everyone has talent. We need to remember a statement made by Jose Marti, “Talent is a gift that brings with it an obligation to serve the world, and not ourselves, for it is not of our making.”
Two major ideas stand out.
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 our talent. Through education or experience we can develop natural gifts and improve the use of our talent to serve others.
Second, there is an obligation to use our talents to serve the greater good. To think that the abilities we have 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 to serve 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, illustrates one of the most significant forms of biblical love.