Talents

Who are the heroes in your life? Do you really have any; and if you do, are they men you speak to on occasion, or are they people of the past who have simply inspired you?

I am inspired by men who have lived their lives with a desire to be anything except ordinary; it is their stories that make us take notice.  What is your story?  Will it make people take notice someday?  Inspiring stories tend to come in three types; those that tell great successes, great virtues or great sacrifices. Most of us would rather have our lives remembered for the inspiration we gave others by our great successes than the latter, yet our fondest affections are of those connected not by their acquisition of wealth and fame, but rather virtue and sacrifice.

Do you know of a man you admire who lived his life with an intense desire to be average?  Can you find scripture where Jesus instructs us to seek a common ordinary life?

“But the one who received the one Talent went away and dug in the ground and hid his masters money.”

It is said that the man was cast out when the master returned for his failure to make something of his gift.  What is most interesting about this parable lives in the beginning?

“And to the one he gave five Talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability”

“Regardless of your lot in life, build something beautiful on it,” writes Zig Ziglar.   The one conclusion to be drawn. We have all been given some talent; what we do with it is the principle matter, that being, we are to seek the rewards of a significant life.

I’ve read that the Ark was built by amateurs and the Titanic by professionals. That Caleb went to Joshua at the age of 85, and asked for his inheritance of the “hill country” were the giants lived; because he was as strong that day, as he was, when the inheritance was promised some 40 years previous. That Sarah was 90, when she bore Isaac, Moses had a speech impediment. George Washington stood on a ridge in the direct line of fire to inspire his troops at Yorktown.  Eric Liddell refused to compete on Sunday in what was his primary event; but ran instead on Tuesday, in an event he was not expected to compete very well in, he won it, and set a world record.  Karol Wojtyla was a young man when he prostrated himself on the floor and prayed, as Nazi troops scoured the homes for young men that would be marched off to an unknown fate; he would later take the name Pope John Paul II, and rally over a billion Catholics and capture hearts across the world.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer, defied Hitler, executed  three weeks before the end of the war wrote these words, “No one has yet believed in God and the kingdom of God, no one has yet heard about the realm of the resurrected, and not been homesick from that hour.”  Many others are written about in the book of Hebrews, we’re it reads, they were “men of whom the world was not worthy.”  Yes, Heroes, with all the distinction and power of motivation this word means.

There will always be plenty of obstacles, sound reasoning and excuses; life has a desert full of biography’s filled with more than enough examples and testimonies. What is it worth to seek the rewards of a significant life?

Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls, and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”

 Again, it says in the book of Hebrews, ” We have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us.”  When Zig Ziglar was told that motivation and motivating stories do not last for men, he responded: “neither does bathing, that’s why I recommend it daily.  Ain’t it so.

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