Matthew 25 records a wonderful parable that is a great guide to me. The Parable of the talents starts in verse 14 and continues through verse 30. I know Jesus is using this as a hypothetical story and not based on a true story but it is helpful regardless.
We have all been given varying amounts of gifts and blessings in this world. Some of us are like the servant who was only given one talent, some of us are given two talents and a few of us have been given five talents. It is easy to look around and say, it’s not fair.
We can easily become discontent with what we have because it is not all we had hoped it would be. One thing we must understand is that God’s judgment is always fair. We could never even begin to understand the absolute knowledge our God has about each of us.
Just like in the parable God wants us to not only be faithful when we have five talents but he wants us to be faithful when we only have one talent. It is easy to be upset about only having one talent but look at what people have done with one talent. I have recently started reading the story of Scott Rigsby in Unthinkable.
In a freak 9 seconds of his life everything changes for Scott. He ends up losing both his legs. He struggles for years to make sense of the one talent he ended up with. Scott decided one day that he could not be a patient for forever. He wanted to do more than just be an angry man. He trained and became the first double amputee to complete the world famous Hawaiian Ironman Triathalon.
Scott realized he could do a lot with the one talent. He used it to bring glory to God. God in turn showed Scott he could do more than he thought he could. Scott is a wonderful example of how we can be faithful with little. Just because we have little does not mean we could not do much with it.
I think this quote from Scott in the January 2008 Runner’s World magazine interview sums it all up, “I want to stay the course and show people that you can take the life that God gave you and use it to do something extraordinary.” In other words, we can take our one talent, two talents or five talents and squander them or we can stay the course and do something extraordinary with what we have.