The song that most strongly connects to yesterday’s post on comparison and inferiority for me is “Shine” by Christa Wells.
As a lover of music and an amateur songwriter myself, I have always loved learning the stories behind songs. It’s like peeking inside the open windows of a brightly lit living room on a dark night. It gives us a peek into the songwriter’s world. Read more, if you’d like, of her story behind this song here, here, and here.
I love the whole song, but I especially identify with the second verse. Christa wrote, “When I look back at the lyrics, ‘Yes, we could lay our talents in the earth’ that started way back when I was in college…I went home from college and attended a Bible study with a college pastor who preached on the parable of the talents. I had heard the parable and only thought it was about financial resources. I hadn’t thought about it as actual talents. The message felt directed right at me and I was convicted that I was the one with a small amount of talent and I was burying it. That was the seed of the idea that it’s not about you. It doesn’t even belong to you. It’s been handed to you to invest in it and grow it. I realized that burying the talent is not honoring to God who entrusted and gave it to you.”