Matthew 25:14-30, the parable of the bags of gold.
“…For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”…
At church today, my husband and I were reminded about talents and utilizing them well. In the gospel, one servant was lazy and afraid, so he didn’t do anything smart and just hoarded his one treasure. Nothing good came out of it. The others, though, worked hard to please their master and produce more fruit. They were called “good and faithful servants”.
God gives us so many talents and special gifts, unique to us. Though we may not get some gifts that others get, that doesn’t make us any less. God finds every individual important and blesses us with wonderful unique talents that we need to embrace.
The priest compared every individual to being a pencil. The pencil can just sit on the table and never be used…or it can do all sorts of things – draw, write, calculate numbers, etc… And a pencil is created to have an eraser. So when the pencil tries and works hard to make something beautiful, in the process it may make a mistake. God gives us the eraser to fix things and move forward.
Life is a journey that we need to take action and be active, utilizing our talents for good. Through that journey, we may stumble, but we keep going, we keep working hard to make things better and embrace life. God wants us to not be a bystander, not to hide our talents, not to be timid and lazy. He wants us to fully be alive with faith and conviction to follow Him. And he loves us all, all shapes, sizes, intelligent levels, talents. So stop comparing and just do what God wants you, individually, to do. Believe in yourself and keep going to develop your talents and make a difference.
Lord, thank you for making me unique. Thank you for reminding me that everything we are given and everything that we are as a person is important to your plan. I pray that we may stop comparing and instead embrace who we are and all our talents. That every one of us uses our time toward good and meaningful things.