I have this friend who can really sing. She has this unsuspecting little powerhouse voice. She's talented enough to land a record deal and do the whole tour the world blitz. But the thing is, she's not focused on being a pop star. You'd think with a voice like hers she'd be off making a name for herself in the music industry, but she's not.
I, on the other hand, am a ridiculously bad singer. If I ever tried out for American Idol I'd be more along the lines of William Hung than Kelly Clarkson. But nevertheless, I absolutely love to sing (even at the expense of other people's ears). I own a karaoke machine and do countless off-key renditions of High School Musical and Grease.
So then this thought came to mind: If I had her voice I could do so much with it.
But could I really? Who am I to judge how God made me? He obviously didn't give me the voice to be a professional singer, but He did give me a lot of other good qualities. Then that made me think about all the people who looked at me and my abilities and thought about what they could do with them.
Take my legs for example. To someone who is paralyzed, they might think I take my smooth dance moves for granted. I haven't taken my ballroom dance skills to the next level. But someone might have fantasied about a professional dancer like I've spent time fantasizing about being a rock star. It's easy to get on this "sick cycle carousel" of wanting what you don't have. But it's never a fun ride. And this line of thinking will leave you dizzy in the end.
Thinking about what you would do with other people's talents is a waste of time but finding out how to maximize your own talents is worth every minute.