In this week's Parasha, G-d gives the specifications on how the Kohen Gadol’s clothing is to be made. Since this entire process requires very precise work, G-d wanted the clothing to be made by:
"...the wise-hearted people whom I have invested with... wisdom." (Shemot 28:3)
G-d wanted those individuals whom He "invested with ... wisdom" to be the ones in charge of making the High Priest's clothing. What does it mean that G-d invested wisdom? It means exactly what is meant by any other investment - a return on the investment isn't merely hoped for, but expected. G-d makes an investment in each and every one of us when He gives each of us a unique and special talent. Would you put all your money into a bank whose policy was never to pay any interest on the accounts?
Of course not.
Universally, every person born to caring parents has heard that he is "unique in your own way." As children, we embrace this truism and tap into our special talents in one way or another. Whether we have a passion and excitement for mathematics, music, art, writing, or cooking - as youngsters we're clearly aware of the things that come easy to us and that bring us joy. In fact, we often wonder why everyone else has such a hard time with what comes so naturally to us. This is called G-d given talent that was a pure gift from your Creator.
But then one of the saddest things happen as a person gets older - he stops using or fails to channel this talent. Instead, he squashes it and convinces himself that the invested talent isn't really that big of a deal. What an unbelievably huge mistake to make.
You have the responsibility - not just the option - to use whatever unique talent G-d has given you, and give G-d a return on His investment. Just like you would pull your money out of an investment that never paid you a return, you run the very real risk of G-d "pulling" this talent He gave to you if you don't use it. So use what you've been given!