Twenty-Four-Seven: Talent Is An Investment

Sometimes I write things about The Bible. I 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, and this 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 person who made ten talents.

The ending is quoted below in English Standard Version (ESV)

Mathew 25:27-30

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 written in a way that talents were used as currency. It was up to those three men to increase their talents.

By investing these talents, two of the men naturally double the value. The one who didn’t invest their one talent didn’t increase it.

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 are beautiful or should I say eye candy make money with their good looks.

Some people make a heck of a lot more money, but in the parable, the two people who increased their talents got 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 from 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 all have skills in many areas. 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.

It was unheard of in the United States for women of color to become a pilot at that time.

In 1916 was when Bessie 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…

~Bessie Coleman

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 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, the cards dealt for her didn’t look too good in the aviation field.

Some people helped and supported her along the way, but she changed that by her own will.

If Bessie didn’t take action, none of her aviation dreams would have happened.

Nor would people be inspired to dream 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 excellent 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 the skills given to you.

We live in a time where people don’t have to run across the country 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, seven days a week to get it done. It’s our God-given gift to use.

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If you have any questions or comments about talent is an investment, feel free to let me know below, thanks!

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4 thoughts on “Twenty-Four-Seven: Talent Is An Investment”

  1. Wow, talent is truly an investment and it can help us live the kind of life we want to. The story of the parable in the bible illustrates to us that those who bury their talent by not funding it and utilising it and multiplying it will have those talents taken away. We have to therefore take risks and look to move ourselves forward. Finding those talents is another thing that takes us to look inwardly. Thank you for the added story of Bessie. I am truly inspired.

    • You made a very valid point Henderson and that is “Finding those talents is another thing that takes us to look inwardly.” I feel that sometimes people push their talents away and avoid it because it can be scary of the negative impact it might have. Just like the person, he was capable of increasing his talent, yet he was afraid. A good way to look it is think about all the bad things that could happen and then just for it.

      As for Bessie, I agree she is an inspiration. The odds were against her and she still got it done by having faith! Thanks for your words of wisdom Henderson, all the best to you, Evelyn.

  2. Hmm! I like your take concerning the parable of the talent. Indeed, I agreed with your submission that given full effort and serious work would help to get started and fulfill the goals that we are meant to fulfill with the carious talents that were given unto us. I have a talent in playing musical instrument and writing and since I’ve discovered these, I’ve been making exploits in all possible areas of life that requires the use of the two. I will implore others to just push beyond their comfort zones and give their talent a try. It’s better to try it than not doing anything at all.

    • Hey RoDarrick, I love the fact that you are pursing writing and music, that is pretty cool. It is always good to get out of that comfort zone and just go for it. I couldn’t agree with you more that it is better to try than not doing anything at all. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I wish you only the best, Evelyn.

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