Whenever you have to stick around to see the final results of a close race, tension arises. Uncertainty can be heavy, causing participants to second guess themselves,”what if I only did this or that, handled a situation better or recovered quicker from a mistake. Unfortunately, life is full of periods where you have to sweat it out, wondering if you are good enough or have the right stuff to make your dreams a reality.
The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ “ ’No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves,’ Matthew 25:8-9.
While you experience delays like an airplane stuck in a holding pattern, sometimes you have to wait your turn in line. If something is worth it, you may have to lie in wait until an open door comes or an opportunity arises. This scenario is what faced ten virgins in Matthew 25, shared by Jesus in a parable. This story illustrates that individuals must earnestly wait for the Lord’s return in eager expectation. As you carry on with your daily life, don’t lose sight of the end goal, eternal life in heaven. If you’re careless, you just might find yourself on the outside looking in.
For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them, Matthew 25:29.
If you’ve done everything in your power to keep your dreams alive yet still fail, many will come away with resentment, questioning all the hours spent without success. Others will proclaim in haste, “what a waste!” Nonetheless, the parable of the talents provides an important life lesson. The Lord has given every soul a gift, talent or special ability. God holds us responsibility for that which has been given. Therefore, do not bury, hide or neglect the special gifts God has given you. Rather, make the most of what you have been given by being a good and faithful steward of your talents on loan from God.
by Jay Mankus