Hello hello! Jourdan here! Mister to Taya.
After a year of anticipation and 25 hours of driving, my family has finally arrived in Del Rio, Texas. I know for myself, when we first arrived at Laughlin Air Force base, it was pure excitement along with a little nervousness. There are planes everywhere! Planes are flying over our house from sunrise to sunset. This is heaven for me. I have wanted to be a pilot for as long as I can remember.
This week, I wanted to share a few thoughts about developing our talents. This seems like an appropriate post considering the entire reason I moved my family 1,200 miles away from our home in Utah is to develop my talents.
All of us have our own unique and special talents. I know my wife has the awesome talent of particularly loving and caring for our little girl and myself. She is always looking for ways to make sure we are taken care of and comfortable.
Talents are especially important to me because of my belief in life after our time on this earth has expired. When we find ourselves at the white pearly gates we won’t have our house, cars, or money with us. But we will have our talents that we worked on and developed in this life.
Most often it takes time and work to develop our talents. They can be hard to attain but rewarding when accomplished. Everyone has different and unique talents about them. When we develop those talents and help each other succeed, I believe that’s when we get the most satisfaction out of life.
Do understand that developing our talents takes work and often failure. In my life when times are tough I have wanted to hide under a rock. But does that do anyone any good? I don’t think so.
Lots of times we look at successful people and think about only their success and not so much what it took them to get there. For example famous painter Vincent Van Gough who is now considered one of the greatest painters of all time only sold one painting during his entire life time. Although only one painting was sold, he painted over 900 works of art. Though his persistence went unnoticed when he was alive, Van Gogh proved that you don’t need validation from others to be proud of the work you create.
Another example is Elvis Presley. In 1954 Elvis was a regular person with big dreams in the music industry. After a performance at the Grand Ole Opry, manager of the venue Jimmy Denny fired Elvis after just one performance and told Elvis, “you ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. You ought to go back to drivin’ a truck.” We all know Elvis continued to work hard and the rest is history.
Being able to paint beautiful works of art or sing like a king are great and amazing talents, but if I had to guess most of us probably won’t become world famous like Van Gough, or Elvis.
Some of our talents might be as simple as being a peacemaker, or being able to see the good in every situation. Those seemingly small things in this life can have abnormally large impacts on others for the good.
For myself, now my dream begins. I will spend the next year developing my talent of flying. I don’t think the Lord cares much about my talent of flying but he does care about the other talents I will take away from my training such as hard work and persistence. It’s an exciting but very challenging time for me. I will have to work harder than ever to reach my goal and become an Air Force pilot. I can hardly wait for the day I receive my new silver wings. For now, I want to work hard, soak this experience all in and enjoy every minute of it.