A fellow blogger, NeverSaidBefore.wordpress.com, stated “Talent is like faith.” I agree!
Before I actually sat down and read the bible from start to finish, I saw several things happen in my life that led me to believe there is a higher force at work in the world. You see, I fancy myself a bit of an idea person. I have been told by numerous people that I have great ideas and should follow through on them. I have often thought the best kind of job for me would be to get paid for my ideas. But I noticed that “my” ideas were not really mine at all. It seems great minds think alike 🙂
Case in point: Years ago I worked for a Garden Center/ Landscaping company called the Botany Center in Knoxville, TN. I worked in the Garden Center and my boss and I were cleaning shelves and getting ready to put out our spring merchandise, an exciting time for that kind of business! While cleaning, I came across a shelf with several large dusty Terrarium jars, which obviously had not sold in a long while. In a flash of brilliance, I decided to fill the jar with water, get a water-loving plant (Peace lily), clean off the roots, and put it in the jar with a fish in it. All the terrarium jars sold when we put out this display!
Imagine my surprise when I start seeing my idea everywhere a few years later…
“A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred,sixty or thirty times what was sown.
I think ideas are like seeds. God sprinkles ideas into the world. Those who listen to naysayers and never develop ideas, let them get eaten up and forgotten in the day-to-day grind. Some people know the ideas are great, and start to develop them, but do not have the money, persistence, or the talent to promote them and grow them, and they die. Those that have the talents to develop them (good soil) can make the money (crop).
I believe this as I have seen several times in my personal life where many people had the same ideas at the same time – and they didn’t know each other. They just recognized a need and sought to fill the need.
I spent some time in Lexington, KY and there were three pet stores that opened up within 2 months and within 10 miles of each other (yes, one of the owners was me and my then boyfriend, now ex-husband). They did not all last, as location made a huge difference in their success. But, it was an interesting coincidence don’t you think?
In King of Prussia, PA, I remember commenting to my (now-ex) husband that there were no movie theaters in the area and wouldn’t it be nice to open one up. In 5-10 years, five mega-movie theaters (King of Prussia, Oaks, Plymouth Meeting, Exton, and Collegeville) opened up within 15 miles of King of Prussia! Another coincidence?
So, I think God gives some of us those flashes of brilliance. I am praying that the jobs and education I have / had are developing my abilities so that when the next idea comes my way, I have the ability, time, and means to make it grow into something fruitful. I need something to do in my retirement years!