Hide not your talents,
they for use were made;
What’s a sun-dial in the shade?
In the era of smart phones and digital watches, the sundial has lost its significance, but it used to be the only way people had of telling time. In the old days, the town center was the site of some of the town’s most important resources: a well where people would come to get their water for the day, a baker where people could bring their bread dough to be cooked, and a church where people could save their immortal souls.
And, also, a sundial, so that people could tell the time of day as they went about their errands. When the sun is out, the style casts a shadow onto a surface that is marked with the hours of the day. As the sun moves across the sky, the shadow moves, too, marking the new time.
A sundial was made for telling time. In order to tell time, it must be lit up by the sun and it must be seen by others. If it doesn’t do these things, it’s useless. It’s a big hunk of rock or metal just taking up space.
What were you made for? What talents, insights, skills do you have? Are you hiding them from others because you’re afraid of being judged or failing or looking stupid? Your gifts were made to be used, so bring them out into the sun and use them.