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What's On Your Cardboard?

Nate Riggs
Nate Riggs / January 17, 2011


A few weeks ago, we saw this man rise to fame in less than 48 hours thanks to his golden voice. No matter how this story pans out, it all started with a piece of cardboard, a talent and a message.

We Each Have a Golden Voice

Perhaps it's not a set of pipes that makes us an instant radio and television celebrity. For now, that one belongs to Ted.

But chances are, there is at least one thing that you can do that is your unique God-given talent. Do you know what it is?

A few Sundays back, during a conversation at my church, this question was posed to me by someone who I deeply respect as a leader:

"What talent do you have to give back to the world?"

I thought it was interesting to see almost all of us sitting around the table squirm at the thought of answering. In a public setting, not many people like to talk about what they are good at. Society and our peers tell us it's not polite to talk about ourselves. Our parents and pre-school reading books warn us against the social dangers of being boastful. We hear all the time in the social space that it's generally more acceptable to talk about others more than we do ourselves.

While I agree with all of that and try to abide by our culture's rules as best I can, at the end of the day, we each have a golden voice.

Your Cardboard

For the sake of this post, and because I'm interested to know, all rules are off. Okay?

I want to challenge you. If you had to write down your most valued God-given talent, skill or gift onto a piece of cardboard like Ted's, what would it say? Pretend it's your last chance to get that talent noticed by a passerby. What message would you craft? Remember that you will need to be brief. Both cars on highway ramps and readers of blogs pass by quickly.

For bonus points, take a picture of yourself with your piece of cardboard, and drop a link in the comments. I'll embed the images here and give you a link back to wherever you like.

Sound fair?