“For it will be as when a man going on a journey called his servants and entrusted to them his property, to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them; and he made five talents more. So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ his master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ his master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you over much; enter into the joy of your master.’ he also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not winnow; so I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! you knew that I reap where I have not sowed and gather where I have not winnowed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has more will be given and he will have an abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’” (Matthew 25:14-30).
God has gifted us each with various levels of resources, skills, graces, and faith that we are called to multiply for his glory. The first thing I want you to ask yourself, my son, is this: What has God given me? Think about your environment, the people you know, the natural talents you have, the skills you are developing, and, as a literal correspondence to the parable of the talents, how much money you have. Then think about how you can further invest in those gifts and utilize those gifts so that they are multiplied. Finally, focus on how multiplying those “talents” can cultivate a deeper love for God and for neighbor.
The second question you need to ask yourself is this: Is the multiplication of my gifts actually making the world a better place? There are many who are given “talents” and know how to multiply them, but then use those additional resources to corrupt themselves and the world. For example, a person may have been given a significant amount of talent to make great movies. They spend their lives honing those skills and are getting better and better at their own abilities, yet they use their increased level of expertise to make inappropriate movies. This would be a very bad use of their gifts. Alternatively, if you have someone good at making movies, but they never develop the skills to make really great movies, or decide to bury their creativity by playing it safe taking a job they know they were not made for, then they also have not adequately multiplied their talents for the good of mankind. The person that truly glorifies God in this is the person who knows they have the gift to make really good movies, works hard to increase their own skill-base, and then makes high quality films that lead people into an encounter with God. It may not be an explicit Gospel message, but perhaps the overall message of the movie is good and is making the world a better place.
All people have a certain measure of creativity, for they were made in the very image of the Creator. God multiplied his talents by creating the Earth and all that dwells in it. He calls us to share in this vocation of creativity. It is so important to him, that he tells us Christ will judge us in the Last Days on how well we were able to multiply our talents. Know what God has gifted you with, examine how you can multiply those gifts, and seek to do all of it for the glory of God.