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



Spirita Spiro (Esperanza for "Spirit's Breath) is rather new in my life. But the blog is not. I began writing a blog several years ago. It lived under the title, "The Pastor Ponders." Over the years I have tried several different names and "The Pastor Ponders" always seemed to fit best. I am trying again with Spirita Spiro. For 27 years I was a full-time pastor in the United Methodist Church. This year, August 2018, I semi-retired (I can't actually retire quite yet) and began teaching social studies. It is something I have always wanted to do and if I was going to do this, I needed to make it sooner rather than later. So, I made the move. I thought with the career change there also needed to be a name change to the blog and other things, such as spiritual direction. Spirita Spiro is my attempt to share some of my thoughts. I often share what I am thinking with my dog "Bishop," but he keeps his thoughts to himself. He will even go to sleep sometimes while I am sharing my thoughts with him. The truth is, if it doesn't involve getting his ears scratched, his belly rubbed or some kind of treat, he really doesn't care. I will say this for him, he never argues with me or tells me I am wrong. So, I decided to share some of my thoughts with whoever might come across this blog in their ramblings around the Internet. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 27 years as a full-time United Methodist pastor. Most recently I served as pastor of First United Methodist Church in Sweeny, Texas. I have also served United Methodist congregations throughout East Texas including rural Madison County (Elwood UMC), Lovelady (First UMC) and Kennard (Center Hill UMC), Canton (First UMC), rural Smith County (Mt. Sylvan UMC and Union Chapel UMC), Grapeland (First UMC), Tyler (Pleasant Retreat UMC), Santa Fe (Aldersgate UMC), Freeport (First UMC) and Oyster Creek (Oyster Creek UMC), Diboll (First UMC), and now Sweeny (First UMC). My wife Cindy and I have been married for over 40 years. We have two grown sons. Wayne and his wife Nikki and all our grandsons (Kaleb, Noah, and Jaxon) live in Southern California. Christopher and his wife Morgan and both our granddaughters (Jenna and Natalie) live in Tyler Texas. I enjoy preaching and all aspects of preaching from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading, playing the guitar as well as a bit of drawing. I have spent quite a bit of time over the past two years working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I sing bass with a local barbershop chorus called The Coastalaires. I have also recently begun doing a little wood carving. I also enjoy playing with Bishop, something he likes a great deal better than listening to my thoughts. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, specializing in Microcomputers from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas, 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. When I was a student at Carolina, the school was in Iron Station North Carolina. They have since relocated to Manassas Virginia (Yeah, go figure, a school named Carolina geographically in Virginia). This blog is mostly devotional writing, but there are other things here too. Just about every week I will either post my sermon manuscript or a video of the worship service. On occasion, I will post something I see in society. Occasionally I write a short story, a poem, or a song and will post it here too. I will say this, my motivations for writing this blog are really selfish. I write it to get what I am thinking out of my head and onto something a bit more permanent. They say, after all, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. And, should you desire, you can one-up Bishop and actually tell me what you think. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. With Joy and Thankfulness, Keith Sweeny, Texas May 2018

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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