When I was leaving London finally in 2013, I shopped a lot for things I knew I would need in Nigeria. This beautiful H&M bag was one of them. At the time, it was quite pricy for me but I felt I would not always come across it and it was worth the investment. I imagined myself going to casual outings and picnics with cute jeans shorts and my lovely portable bag. 1,2,3 and then 4 years went by and I never used the bag. It was well wrapped and kept on top of my wardrobe where no hand could reach it. I just felt like I never had the perfect occasion to use it. No time ever felt right. So I kept it safe or so I thought. Few weeks ago, Nifemi started whining about wanting to carry a handbag to church. I then remembered my precious bag that was well hidden and protected. It's a petite bag, it would definitely suit her, I thought. So I got a stool, climbed up and brought it down and to my amazement, the leather had peeled off. Even Nifemi rejected it at this point (babe is high maintenance ).
You see, the most precious of things cannot shine or reproduce when hidden. Trying to dim your light so others don't feel intimidated is shooting yourself in the foot. You cannot blossom whilst hidden.There is NEVER a perfect time. Maximize all that God has placed inside you and do it now because guess what? While you delay, He has passed the baton to someone else. No time!
I am not ashamed to admit that I behaved like that foolish servant in Matthew 25:14- 30 whose master gave $1000 and instead of going to invest it, he buried it. The Message translation is actually hilarious. Take a look at what happened when the master got back and he was giving his report:
“The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’
“The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.
“‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.’
Ya heard???? Get rid of that 'play-it-safe' mentality else your portion will be given to another. It would suck to let your priceless destiny go to waste because you chose to hide. Don't hide your talents, don't suppress your potentials, don't sell yourself short. You are fabulous, priceless and precious. You do not deserve to be hidden, so shine else you wither away.