Woohoo, it's Hump Day! We made it! :)
I'll be brief because it's mid-day and I'm sure you have lots more to do...
I just stopped by with a quick word to keep you focused for the remainder of the week.
Work What You Have
In Luke 19:12-24, we find the parable of the talents or as the Message translation calls it “the Story About Investment”. In vs. 12-13 we learn of a master who called ten servants together before heading out on a trip. He gave them each a sum of money, and instructed them, ‘Operate with this until I return.’ When he returned in vs. 15, he learned that one servant doubled the money, another made a 50% profit, and another simply returned the original amount of money. While the servant who doubled the money and the one who made a 50% profit were commended and given towns to rule, the one who simply maintained was scolded. Vs. 23 reads: “Why didn’t you at least invest the money in securities so I would have gotten a little interest on it?’
1. Everyone was given the same amount of money.
2. Everyone was given the same amount of time.
3. Everyone was asked the same question.
Family, the Master’s primary concern was not HOW MUCH of a return everyone earned. All the Master expected was for everyone to turn a profit. The lesson? It was (and is) a matter of stewardship.
Today and every day, I challenge you to resist the tendency to compare and compete with others or some unrealistic standard. Instead, just work what you have! Do your best to turn a profit on the life God has entrusted to you.
That is exactly what Stephanie did and by the looks of things, she's VERY happy that she did!
Andrew Murray said it well: The world asks, “What does a man own?” Christ asks, “How does he use it?”
Have a great rest of the week!
P.S. If you have a second, drop Stephanie a quick word of encouragement on Facebook as she continues her journey. You know first hand how hard it can be, so go ahead - show her some love :).
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