Friday, March 20, 2015


Truth is truth wherever it can be found. The Scripture says, “Whatever things are true...if anything worthy of praise...let your mind dwell on these things” (Phil. 4:8).

Sometimes I find Truth in unexpected places. I came across a truth on the last corner of the cover of my college alumni magazine. A young professional, a graduate of the college, wrote, “I think of my life as a very small plot of land that's been given to me, that I didn't make, and I can't sustain by myself. I want this little plot to reflect God's glory, and so long as I can accomplish this [through her God-given gift and academic training in the arts] I'll continue to explore it thoughtfully and share the experience with others.”

Good stuff! A worthy analogy. I want to explore its application to my own life—"the very small plot of land that's been given to me by God.” Have I been a good steward to cultivate it faithfully? I asked myself that queston in one of my previous blog posts: What difference does my life make anyway? Is my life “footprint” of any significance?
It doesn't matter how large or small my allotted plot of life land is compared to that of anyone else. Just as it doesn't matter how many talents have been given me by God to invest—one or ten. 
The parable Jesus told about the distribution of talents could have several applications. In the economy context of that day He used the word “talent” in a monetary sense to indicate measurement of a commodity. A talent was a unit of weight equal in value to a talent-weight of gold, silver, or other metal. At that time it would not have meant some special natural ability or aptitude or performing skill or natural endowment as a “talent” is commonly thought of today. It described something tangible that a person could literally wrap in cloth and bury in the ground or do business with or invest or secure in a bank. In any case, interest and growth of the principal was expected.  The point of the parable is that we are accountable to the Master how we use whatever He gave us whether it be much or seemingly little. It is a matter of good and faithful stewardship.
It doesn't matter how many years or seasons of life God decides to give me—length of years or a short few decades—in which to accomplish His plan for my life. He only expects me to make use of and to produce abundantly from whatever He has committed to me in His ordained time frame. And He gives us the capabilities to complete it.

To what end? “To reflect His glory.” To whom much is given, of him shall much be required. Undeniably, each of us has been given "much" by our generous, loving Lord. "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits..." (Psalm 103:2) 

And again: "Give thanks with a grateful heart; give thanks to the Holy One...."

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