I have decided to share a 72 day daily challenge with you each day until Easter, April 1st. We are doing this in our Relief Society, and I thought I would like to share it here as well. I shared a little about the challenge here.
Each day I will share the daily video here and then my personal thoughts about it after I have personally watched it. Today is Day 55.
The Parable of the Talents
Jesus declares the parable of the talents.
14 ¶For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
This is another of my favorite parables. Each of us has been given at least one talent. We can increase our talents or we can decrease our talents by what we do with what we were given. Some talents are not obvious ones. When we think of talent, we often think of things like singing, acting, dancing, artistry, writing. But those are just the showy types of talents. Honestly, I would love the talent of being able to draw and paint. I want to someday figure that out and that will bring me joy. I know a lady who wants the talent of singing, but she has to work very hard to even sing on key. Her desire is there though and she works hard on developing it.
Some of the greatest talents are the ones we might not recognize as talents. I have talked about this often with my son. He has expressed before that he just isn’t very talented, except for writing. But he has one of the greatest talents I know: the ability to love everyone unconditionally. That isn’t as easy for many of us and for him it is just who he is and what he does.
Some people have the talent of believing. They have faith that comes easily for them, while others doubt. Some have the talent of knowledge. One of my greatest talents is one that others might not even recognize as a talent. I have the ability to recognize the Spirit and then follow it.
We need to always be working on our talents and finding them. If we ask the Lord in faith, He will show us what our talents are and how we can best use them. Then we need to DO.
What did you learn from today’s video?