The parable of the talents


I’ve heard the parable of the master giving talents to each of his servants before he departs on a journey and then seeing who was faithful with what was entrusted to them and who was not, almost as many times as I heard the phrase “Nathan, this is the last time I’m gonna tell you!” growing up. The gist is that whomever is faithful with a little will be entrusted with more, much more. 

 

Today, as my brother Ben and I were tossing the football in my parents back yard, my dad and I were talking and the gist of this story resurfaced but in a different context than I previously understood it. 

 

I was sharing dreams with my dad and more relevant, was sharing how my thoughts on dreaming and on dreams has changed as of late. I used to sit and dream of doing things. Of practicing an action or accomplishing a feat. Of being known for that one or hopefully two things that I had completed. But I am realizing that it isn’t about that. Between a baccalaureate speech, a commencement speech, countless quotes, and the insight of the Spirit I have distinguished what I think is a huge separation of thought. The point is not to accomplish these great things, it is to be a great someone. Micro instead of macro. The interesting thing is that micro turns into macro. The human condition embraces goodness. 

As a quick sidenote, I think it funny that again the principles of the bible find themselves manifested in this human condition shared by billions of people across millions of miles. 

 

I never considered that what Christ might have been referring to when he said to be faithful with what we are given may not have been tangible gifts at all- I think he was referring to the gifts and talents that He as uniquely and perfectly fitted for each of us. To become good people we must learn about what gifts we have been given. We must learn how to use, share, and give of our gifts so as to be faithful with them. Once we have learned about our gifts and are in regular practice of exercising them we will find ourselves stepping out of our micro worlds and into a macro universe with our actions starting to look like accomplishments, feats, and achievements. 

 

I believe, “the key” or “the secret” to being a world changer, a mover and a shaker, a life that was worth living, is to be a person of value. 

This new perspective is encouraging to me, and i believe it will be to many because it simplifies the process to greatness significantly. It only takes a vision for the person you want to be and a ton of discipline.

Here are some of the quotes that got me thinking:

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” 

J.K. Rowling

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

Maya Angelou

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” 

H. Jackson Brown Jr.

“It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.” 

André Gide

“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” 

George Eliot

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” 

Mark Twain

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” 

Mark Twain

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