Tag Archives: Talents

That reason to get up

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands.” Psalm 138:8

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He made James faithful and John devoted,

Timothy proved loyal and Peter emoted.

Martha got it done and Mary took it in,

David grew heart-broken, and Paul determined.

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He created Moses a leader and Ruth a follower,

Joseph rose a dreamer and Esther an interceder.

Each one granted a purpose to fulfill,

These heroes, the faithful, who do his will.

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Each of us has a purpose to fulfill. It’s that reason to get up in the morning. May we all find it, or die searching.


Unplowed ground and a packet of seeds

“…Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns.” Jeremiah 4:3

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The days go quickly, the years fly by and we will not always have ground to plow. Opportunities come in windows of time that will eventually shut. Once open, soon-to-be-closed doors, will be sealed at some point.

Unplowed ground is a nursery waiting to happen—a field intended for growth. If unplowed ground sits dormant, it’s a grief of the saddest kind: the grief of what could have been. Purposes sit untilled. Precious gifts and talents remain tucked-away. Potential dries up and plans are sadly wasted.

Unplowed, never productive ground, weeps for seed to be sown. Seed to nurture. Seed to surround with warm earth-loving arms and unseen life-needed nutrients.

Has he given me land that’s just sitting there—unproductive for his kingdom? Has he given me a packet of seeds collecting dust on the shelf?

Show me, Lord. May every inch of ground and every tiny seed be used for your kingdom purposes.

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” I Peter 4:10

“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back…” Isaiah 54:2


I was Afraid

Matthew 25:26 “So I was afraid, and went out and hid your talent in the ground…” (NIV)*

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Was the servant miserly or safe? He knew of his master’s investor mentality, to gather where he did not plant. So, why did the servant hide the talent and give it absolutely no chance of growing? He was afraid.

But, isn’t it good to be afraid? Afraid makes us cautious, wise, better stewards, right? Not investing leaves no risk of loosing. Or growing. Isn’t being afraid seeing dangers ahead and taking cover? Is acting on fear dealing with reality…or hiding from it?

Fear breeds inaction–playing it safe to the extreme.

In God’s kingdom economy, investing is wise and multiplying is His way. Whether the talents be money, assets, gifts or abilities. Each talent is meant to be managed in a way that furthers His Kingdom.

But, what will people think? What if I put it out there only to be rejected? What if I make a bad choice, choose a wrong path and loose the one talent? All understandable fears.

Yet, when He gives a talent, He wants it to grow.

You can take that one talent and bury it deep. Keep it safe until seeing Him face to face. Give back exactly what He gave, no more and no less.

Or, invest it. Share it. Offer it. Pray for guidance and counsel. Be wise, yet not fearful. Have confidence in God. And when seeing you face to face, may His words be:

“…Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:23 (NIV)*

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

photo by Patty Perkins