And now, the story of...
Once, in the land of Talang, there was a man who was going on a trip. Before leaving, he gave one of his servants five hundred talents, the currency of Talang. To another servant, he gave two hundred talents, and to a third, one hundred talents. He instructed them to make good use of the money, and he would check in with them upon his return.
Each of the servants did what they thought best, and in time, their master returned from his trip. The first servant explained that he had used the money given to him, and had doubled it to one thousand talents. The second proudly showed his master that he had doubled his to four hundred talents. The man was pleased.
When it came time for the third servant to show what he had done, he returned the one hundred talents back to the master. The man was confused and a little annoyed. His servant told him that he was afraid that something might happen to make him lose the money, and so he had buried it in the ground for safe keeping.
Now the master was angry. "What were you thinking?" he asked. "At the very least you could have put the talents in the bank to earn a little interest!" He took the one hundred talents and gave them to the first servant, then threw his lazy servant out and had nothing to do with him ever again.
There are many translations of this story, and although not all of them use the word "talent", which is indeed a measure of gold or currency, I think it is for good reason that the master gives his servants "talents". Each of us has things that we are good at or able to do. And those things can apply to many areas of life. So the question is, how are you using the talents you have, and how are you making them grow?
When I'm not feeling so well, I sometimes see things differently than other times. I get down. But that can be good, because it helps you see things that you need to. You see, I have talents. I'm not saying that I'm great, but there are things that I am good at. Or at least that I could be good at. And I'm not so sure that I have made the effort to push myself.
It's too easy to settle for done, and that's a problem. Recently I've seen some things that other people are working on and I've felt inadequate. But what have I done to improve? I don't want to be like others, but I need to be the best version of me possible. It could bring great things!
How about you? What talents do you need to be using or improving?