As I reflect on the 5 years that went by, apart from seeing God’s hand at work in my life. I also see how my attitude has developed over the years, I can’t stop from learning lessons from the Parable of Talents by Jesus Christ
The Parable has many Pearls of wisdom in it –
Peculiar talents (Different/Unique) – Anywhere you turn around, you will find people who have better jobs, better brands, better skills. It doesn’t matter who has what, all that matters is we put to use what WE have. I have learnt to understand and comprehend this by “appreciating what I have”. It takes a whole lot of effort to overcome the evil of COMPARING that comes so easily and naturally
Put to Use – We may all appreciate what we have, but it takes effort and continuous action to be effective. It requires us to move out of our comfort zones, to overcome Laziness, Slothfulness and the like to be able to make use of the talents we already have.
Perspectives matter – It is very interesting to observe the attitude of the third servant who received one talent. He seems to be have analyzed the master more than analyzing himself. He seems to be judgmental about his master (calling him a hard man). He spent more time developing a perspective of his master, rather than introspecting about himself. This is the key – in all spheres of life, we have to make the wise choice of controlling what we can and work on what we have in our hands rather than exploring what we cannot change.
I thank the good Lord, for teaching me through these years to learn and reflect on some of these. I am a work in progress.
Today I feel Grateful and Content!
Matthew 25:14-30English Standard Version (ESV) – The Parable of the Talents
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property.
15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
20 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.’ 21 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.’22 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.’23 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.’
24 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 scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 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. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.
29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’