We started going to Church when I was around ten years old. And although not raised in a religious home, for some reason I remember this chapter of Matthew, especially the parable of the talents. In my Bible journaling, I pondered this story and how I used to think it was so unfair. Here was this poor servant of an obviously mean master. All the servant was trying to do was stay out trouble; he didn’t want to lose his master’s money and who would? But, his fear kept him from doing any good and for that, he was thrown into the outer darkness! Whoa!
There are times when I share something here, especially when I tip-toe into sharing about the struggles I have had with my mind…and I’m afraid. I’m afraid I will become a walking bulls-eye for the enemy to start attacking me again. I’m afraid I’ll regress back to that dark and scary time. I’m afraid I’ll be held up or pummeled down by someone reading here. And yes, there are times when I let that fear get the better of me. Some of it is legitimate; I have a husband, who along with me doesn’t want to spend much time examining or recalling that time. I also have children who were little back then and now early to late teens; my story doesn’t just affect me.
But, I also know that in those times when I do share the bits and pieces I am comfortable sharing, you respond. I get private emails saying anything from “Help” to “Thank You” and “You too?” If I am called to serve others by sharing what I learned in, through and because of that dark time–maybe not even saying “This was the specific struggle,” but by a general spirit of encouragement, then I have to respond out of obedience to the Father who brought me through it. I used the word “if” but I know I have this calling–some calling, to encourage you to keep going, to spend time with your Bible and to make it your own.
Let’s all pray I am using my talents as intended and not burying them. I don’t want the same fate as the scardy cat servant in the parable!
POWERful Bible Journaling: Matthew 25
P –Lord, use me. Overcome my fear and use me for Your glory.
O –This chapter feels heavy with responsibility to me. The parable of the Ten Bridesmaids warns us to be prepared or risk hearing, “Truly I tell you, I do not know you.” (vs 12) I just spoke about the parable of the Talents and how we have to invest what has been given to us so it will multiply–not for ourselves, but for God. And then the call that what we did for the least, we did for God.
W —vs 13…”Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
E –I do not really care for surprises. And I certainly do not want to be surprised come judgment day! This call to keep awake is a real one, especially as time marches on, because really Lord? Just when I think things in this crazy world are bad, they get worse. In the end, I want to hear, “…enter into the joy of your master.” To hear those words, I must…have to…live faithful to my vocation. I think it was St. Thomas Aquinas who is quoted as saying, “Do what you are doing well.” Let everything I do, be done well.
R –Lord, this year You inspired me to choose a word for our little homeschool. Although I would have chosen “obedience” or “truthfulness” or “kindness” or…my list can go for a while…You chose “DILIGENCE.” So this is our year to learn the virtue of diligence. And since I cannot teach what I do not have, diligence begins with me.
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