Sometimes I write things about the bible. I personally love the book and enjoy studying it daily. The bible has helped me in many areas of my life.
There are lots of memorable parables and verses in the bible. The one I’m going to write about today is Matthew 25:14-30 The Parable of the Talents.
When I first read that parable as a young girl, the one person who didn’t do anything with their talent stood out.
What I’m getting at here is how I view the story. We all have this in common twenty-four seven a day and I believe it is supposed to be an investment.
If You Don’t Know The Parable I Will Give You The Gist
A man goes on a journey and he calls his servants. He entrusted them with his property. The first man he gave him five talents, another two talents, and the third got one talent. The one with five talents made five more talents, the one with two talents made two talents, the person who got one talent dug it in the ground.
When the master returned from a long journey he asked each man what they did with their talents. The one who had five talents made five more talents, the master was pleased and blessed him. The same thing happened to the person who had two talents as he doubles the number of talents.
The person who had one talent didn’t invest his talent. Instead, he dug it in the ground because he was afraid. He gave the one talent back to his master. The master wasn’t happy at all and he called him a sloth. In a nutshell, the master didn’t want anything to do with him and gave the talent to the one who made ten talents.
The ending is quoted below in English Standard Version (ESV)
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.’
I encourage you can read the verse here!
The Way I Look At The Parable
The parable was told in a way that the talents were used as currency. It was up to those three men to increase their talents.
By investing these talents they naturally double the value. The one who didn’t invest their talent didn’t increase it.
Actually, he was afraid to invest his talent and buried it not taking any risk at all.
Although each individual got a different amount of talent, they all had the same allotted time every day to increase it.
Let’s Look At Talented People As Value
If you think about the people who use their talents whether it’s people who are great at singing, sports, teachers or whatever they are good at or fine-tune their talent through practice, they earn a living with their talent.
Even people who just look good or should we say eye candy make money with what is given to them.
Some people make a heck of a lot more money, but in the parable, the two people who increased their talent was blessed.
The person who buried theirs never did anything with it. He missed out because he didn’t take a risk.
It would have been better for him to try something and lose the one talent than to do nothing at all with it.
What I Learned Through That Parable
I learned through that parable it’s better to take a risk than not to try at all. There is really nothing to be afraid of if you give it your best shot.
We have something inside of us that we are good at. A lot of us help each other out with whatever we can.
Let’s look at Bessie Coleman. She was the first black woman to earn a pilot license and stage public flights in the US.
The odds were against Bessie Coleman, she was a woman, a woman of color that wanted to be a pilot.
In the United States at that time that was unheard of.
In 1916 was when her dream of becoming a pilot began. She heard stories of pilots coming home from WWI.
Being that it was 1916, Bessie had to be brave and get creative with her desire. Her way of working around segregation and prejudice was to get her license in France.
She learned French and went to pilot school in France. She came back to the US with a pilot license.
For Bessie to earn a living as a pilot, she became a high profile pilot in dangerous air shows in the United States which was a popular form of entertainment in the roaring ’20s.
Bessie has many admirers that were all races. Unfortunately, Bessie lost her life doing something she loved. At the age of 34, she was in a plane accident during rehearsal.
Even though her life was short-lived, here is a quote by Bessie
The air is the only place free from prejudices. I knew we had no aviators, neither men nor women, and I knew the Race needed to be represented along this most important line, so I thought it my duty to risk my life to learn aviation…
Her talent leads William J Powell that founded the Bessie Coleman Aero Club. It was in honor of Bessie Coleman.
“We have overcome the barriers within ourselves and dared to dream.”
~William J Powell
Bessie Coleman’s courage broke barriers and her life proved to people that you can dare to dream. You can dare to not bury your dreams but bring it to life by taking risks.
I would rather live a short life fulfilling my dreams than live a long life fulfilling nothing.
I think it boils down to if you want to change aspects of your life or you don’t. We all don’t hold a royal flush.
If you look at Bessie’s life, her cards that was dealt didn’t look too good in the aviation field, but she changed that by her own will and there were people that helped and supported her along the way.
But if Bessie didn’t take action, none of her aviation dreams would have happened.
Nor would people be inspired to dream a little bigger!
We Live In A Time Where Making Things Happen Is A lot Easier Than Before
People are making it happened through the Internet. The Internet is a platform that reaches millions of people daily.
People realize that and use the Internet in many ways to earn a full-time income or by making their voice heard.
I found an awesome service that helps people in any particular area start using their talents to reach billions of people.
All In All
Burying your talents won’t get you anywhere. It is an easy way out to avoid using what is given to you.
We live in a time where people don’t have to run across the country just to get a pilots license.
We live in creative times because of people like Bessie Coleman that pave the pathway for us to dare to dream.
The Internet has given many people a platform to use their talents 24/7. You just turn on your gadget and start there.
Start researching ways to get there, that’s is what I did when I wanted to work from home. If you have a will, you’ll find the way.
Remember, one thing that doesn’t segregate us and that is 24 hours 7 days a week to get it done. It’s our God-given gift to use.
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