Macquarie Lighthouse, photo by Chuck Turk
So how did I do this past year? What did I accomplish? Did I do my best work? Where did I fail or fall short? If I failed, what was my reason (or excuse)?
And looking forward to a New Year, will I do better?
In the book of Matthew in the Bible, Jesus told the story of the ten talents, how three different servants were given various amounts of money called “talents” by their master. The master then went away for a while, but when he returned, he checked to see what the servants had done with their talents. He praised two of the three for putting their talents to good use, but he condemned the one who didn’t do anything with his talent.
His words to those who pleased him was, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Matthew 25:23
What this story tells me is that God expects us to develop and use whatever gifts or talents we have been given and not waste them. When this year is over and when my life is over, I hope to hear God tell me, “Well, done, good and faithful servant!”
Will you use your God-given gifts this year?