First, I want to salute all of our Armed Services Personnel, those who have served, currently serving, or have passed on and are now R.I.H. We thank you for protecting our freedoms and honor you during this Memorial Weekend observance.
Freedom is a privilege and a right that we all can take part of especially once we realize that our Father God desires us to prosper and be in good health even as our souls prosper. Let us not become stagnant in this world of delirium, upheaval, and inconsistency. The truth is that God’s word never changes and His promises for us are solidified from even when we were yet conceived. With that said, it is important to realize how vital each and every one of us matters to the propitiation of our Humanity. All lives matter! We must dig deep to revive what we may have lost previously through dreams deferred. Time is of essence and especially now as we face a worldwide pandemic, it is crucial that all of our voices be heard. Don’t sit on your purpose. I hope the following message inspires you to regain confidence in who you are and what your contribution means as a blessing to our world. You Matter!
Today I wanted to repost a message of a conversation that I had years ago with my teenage son who is now an adult. I was inspired to share this again after hearing a powerful sermon from a dear friend who shared on Facebook a message centering around the same text of my Reality Spotlight message.
I was inspired to share this message since my dear sister and friend Minister Felicia Lynell Fortune share her sermon text coming from this scripture. She reminded us to not sit on our gifts and talents. We must be vigilant to go after the inspirations of our heart. God placed them there to become activated into a tangible and real gift visible for all mankind to behold. So, let’s not grow weary in well doing as we continue to plunge forward even in the midst of uncertainty we will and do reap if we faint not.
Her message can be viewed by clicking the following link: https://www.facebook.com/felicia.l.fortune/videos/10219076917246401/
Below is the message of a conversation I had with my son and think it is apropos for this time and season.
Background Scripture Text: Matthew 25:14-30
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Question for the Day: Are You a 1 Talent Person?
A Short Story Parable for living in todays world
The other day my 16-year-old son and I had a conversation. We talk a lot about stuff that matters (smile) relationships, school, jobs, driving, sports and music. This particular conversation happened as a direct result from attending his end of the year high school Band Banquet. The outgoing senior class had an outstanding Trumpet player who was my son’s former Captain of the Trumpets. One of the suggestions this captain shared with my son is letting him know he was a good trumpet player; actually better than a lot of the trumpet players they currently have playing but now it’s up to him to PROVE IT!
Well, that challenge led to the topical question: Are you a 1 Talent Person?
We started reflecting about the story of a man who was traveling to another country and before he left his home he had a conversation with his servants. He told his servants that he was going away but before leaving he wanted to give them each some “talents”. Now talents back in the day meant he gave them some money. He gave one of his servants 5 talents, another one 2 talents and the final servant 1 talent. He divided up the talents based on the type of servants they were. He knew each of their personalities so he knew what they could and couldn’t handle. Now when the man left, the three servants started working with their own individual talents.
The 5-talent person worked his talents to the point of doubling them to be 10 talents. The 2-talent person doubled his as well to 4 talents. But the 1 talent person got scared or as we like to say “scurrrred” and didn’t do anything with his talent but hid his talent. Soon after the man had taken his long journey away; he came back home and met with each of his servants to get a report on how they each did with their talents. The 5-talent servant was able to say he doubled his talents to 10. The man was very excited about this report and told him he did a great job. Because he increased his talents to 10 he was able to get more responsibility and put into a better position. Then the man spoke to the 2-talent servant. That servant also doubled his talents and increased them to 4 talents. Well, when the man heard about that he again was overjoyed and also gave him the reward of a better position and more responsibilities.
Finally, after hearing all of these good reports from the first two servants the man was looking forward to the last servant. When the 1-talent servant came before him he started giving excuses like I know your reputation is one like Donald Trump you always build everything you put your hand to. And I really didn’t want to disappoint you so I just thought instead of losing the talent I would just hide it away until you got back then give you what you gave me. Well, I guess you can imagine how that man felt.
He was truly angry. I mean red in the face angry. He let him have it too. He told him if you know that I am a successful man and that I am prosperous with my talents why didn’t you even give your talent away to another person who could have at least grew the talent a little bit. Instead of doing anything with your talent you decided to hide it. This shows me you are really lazy with doing anything that I trusted you to do. You are really a lazy good for nothing servant and because you didn’t do anything; I am going to give you your reward. Your reward is to be stripped from all your duties, responsibilities, and living arrangements. Your 1 talent that you wasted is going to be given to the 5-talent servant who I can trust will do something with it. Also, since you are not profitable for me I will send you away matter of fact you can “Go to Hell”!
Wow, after me and my son thought about that result we said to ourselves we definitely don’t want to be considered 1-talent persons. And I truly encouraged him to take up the challenge that his outgoing Trumpet Captain gave him which was use the talents, gifts and skills that he had to prove to himself and everyone else that he could play and be #1.
I guess the reality of this Biblical story is that God expects all of us to just “DO SOMETHING”. Whether we are the best at what we do really doesn’t matter. What matters is that we commit to an action and go for it. Even if we mess up or fail we can say we tried and learned from that mistake. Then next time we can try a different approach until we accomplish the goal we set before us.
I hope none of you settle for being a 1-talent person. Better yet I hope each of you decide to look at your life and what you are or not doing and commit to not being a 1-talent person.
Selah (means think about it)
Shalom (Peace Out)
Written by Miriam S. Stevens
Aka M.O.M. Mom/Miriam on a Mission
June 12, 2005 at 4:07 p.m.
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Selah and Shalom
P. S. If you desire to truly embrace an eternal cause where you are liberated from sin, and not destined to remain eternally in Hell, then why not read further – even if you are a skeptic and just curious about what it means to accept eternal life. I offer the following. Again, thank you for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to become energized to actively pursue your borned given cause. Your voice matters, you are gifted from our Heavenly Father with a specific and unique talent. Let the world become blessed by your contribution especially now when hope is desperately needed. We love you at The Thankful Revolution!
So, what do we have to do to release the S.I.N. from our DNA?
What is the plan?
What is the choice we have to make?
To learn more about what we must do to become saved from the death that S.I.N. causes the following provides some guidance:
Click on the links to a Prayer of salvation examples (BUT, really the most important aspect is to just speak from your heart to God).
After you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior to redeem you from the death grip that S.I.N. created, you can use the following as guidance for how to continue on your journey with the Lord eternally:
I rejoice with your free will choice to choose life of faithful obedience to God’s original plan for your life. Let us now continue to live life and that life more abundant!
Remember, Jesus started us all in knowing what it really means to sacrifice a life for the cause of freeing others. Just like when you take the oath to serve at any costs, so why don’t you take your head commander’s orders this day and truly take up the fight for life and that life more abundantly for you and everyone else – that’s what true love, pure sacrifice, and everlasting freedom represents.
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