I must admit, there really are few things I enjoy doing more than searching for YouTube for “Britain’s Got Talent best auditions ever” or something along those lines.
My favourite clips from Britain’s Got Talent are the ones that depict a contestant, whether young or old, walking across the stage, meekly introducing themselves, and then proceeding to lift the roof off the auditorium with amazing vocals.
There are a few common threads that flow throughout these particular video clips:
- The contestants usually convey the appearance of deep humility or meekness.
- Many of the contestants have amazing skills and abilities that have either been dormant for years or have never had the needed opportunity to be properly developed.
- There is often a “champion” of some kind in their life (grandparent, coach, parent, teacher, etc.) that has encouraged them to the point of getting them on the show.
- When given the opportunity to display their talent/gift/skill/ability, contestants often surprise themselves with how well they can really do.
Here is one such clip, which happens to be my favourite of these:
It is my belief that many of us are in a similar situation:
- We pass, albeit humbly, on opportunities to develop a gift or ability that would otherwise bless, inspire, influence, or uplift others.
- We don’t yield soon enough to the encouragement of special people in our lives about our untapped abilities.
- We don’t quite know the potential of our strengths or skills because we’ve never taken the time to truly discover, develop, and deploy them.
There are at least four lessons I’ve learned from my enjoyment of and interaction with these clips from Britain’s Got Talent that I want to pass on to you. I’m doing each of these already in my life and they’re making a difference:
- When an opportunity presents itself to discover or develop your skills or strengths, take it and make the most of it.
- If opportunities aren’t readily available, make them so. Do whatever necessary and right to discover, develop, and deploy your gifts and strengths.
- Don’t be prideful about it but, for goodness sake, if you’re hearing the same positive encouragement about an area of your life from multiple people, it’s probably time you started to at least think about doing something about it.
- SLOW DOWN and take the necessary time to really see your strengths and abilities for what they are… a gift from God. He’s created each of us with the qualities and characteristics to uniquely fulfil his purposes in our own little corner of the world. Think about it this way: no one else in the world has the ability to influence the people you interact with everyday. Don’t take that for granted.
Not all of us will have the same life-changing experience Susan Boyle had on Britain’s Got Talent; however, don’t sell yourself or God short. Take these steps toward discovering, developing, deploying, and displaying the gifts you were intended to use.
Will you take the time to discover and develop your gift(s)? What do you need to change today to make this happen? Please share your comments below.