"Do you remember the Parable of the Talents?”
“I think so,” answered the boy. “Is that the one where the landlord gives each person a different amount of money and then leaves?”
“That’s it,” replied Grandpa. “That’s my favorite parable, and something that has been one of the driving factors in my life. Like anything, you’ll find that there are a lot of different ‘interpretations’ of the parable but, years ago, when I was talking to a priest, he told me that he believes that, when we get to heaven, we’ll be asked two questions: ‘Did you love me with all of your heart, mind, and soul?’ and ‘What did you do with what I gave you?’
“In the parable, the landlord gives one person five talents, the next person two, and the other person just one. The talents referred to in the parable were a lot of money at the time. The first two went out and used the talents to make even more, actually doubling their amounts. The third one was so afraid that he would lose the talent, he buried it. When the landlord returned, he was very pleased with the first two servants, but he chastised the third one for hiding the talent and not doing anything to increase it.
“I believe that this is what God expects from us, during our lives. I believe he has given every one of us everything we need to fulfill our purpose here on earth, but the only way you can truly find your purpose is to go out and put your talents to work, grow and develop them. Nowhere does it say that they just sat and prayed for the talents to increase. The first two went out and did what the third one couldn’t fathom; they put their talents at risk. The third one was paralyzed by fear. What if the risk failed, and they lost what they were given; what would have happened to them, then? But the first two didn’t let this fear stop them. They went out and made good decisions and were rewarded for the risk they took.
“It’s just like the flat earth we talked about, most people limit themselves to stay put out of fear. God gave us all free will and, with it, the chance to choose. He also gave us guidelines for how he wants us to live our lives, but he left it up to us to choose how we live and what relationship we maintain with him. Most people pray for things they want, money, fame, or some relationship, and I’ve always thought God must just shake his head and think, ‘It’s all there for you, just go make it happen.”
From my first book, "Life Pioneers: The Edge of Possibility!"