When you develop yourself to the point were your belief in yourself is so strong that you know you can accomplish anything you put your mind to, your future will be unlimited.- Brian Tracy
I find it fascinating to watch this Canadian Russian bar trio perform acrobats with a Russian Bar. It is quite dangerous and when we were watching a live show I was thinking to myself, ‘I hope I am not the only doctor in here because if she falls I will want to run the other way.’ As I watched her balance on that bar, two things came to mind; she has to 1. believe in those two men that they will not mess up and drop her and 2. believe in herself that she can do it! Do you have that kind of self confidence?
As a christian, God holds the bar and I trust that He would never mess up. So now it’s up to me to believe in myself. Life is fleeting, before we know it our time here on earth is over. Imagine laying on that bed at the end of your life journey, are you going to smile and say, ‘hey, I lived my best life and lived life purposefully;’ or are you going to look back with a lot of regrets. Are you living your dream life now? If not, why not? What is stopping you? Fear of failure, fear of judgement, fear of comparison? That’s crazy talk. We are all responsible for our own lives and the quality of our lives. There is absolutely no reason for us to not be living the lives we dreamt of when we were kids. It is imperative that you have an unshakable faith in God, and you have to believe in yourself, your own worth, your own greatness. You were made for greatness. Yes you! You have to be willing to put in the effort required to be the best version of yourself.
Let’s take a look at Matthew 25:14-30 (emphasis my own)
The Parable of the Talents
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[b] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
The introduction is setting the stage for us here, “It will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.” We are stewards and not owners. We should live for the return of our Master. I believe that everyone of us is given specific talents, though we all don’t receive the same amount. We are responsible for what we are given and we are each expected to do the best we can with what we have. Are you a faithful steward? What is it that you were meant to do in this world, in this life? I truly believe that our purpose should be aligned with serving God and others. We don’t have to be perfect to live a purposeful life, we don’t have to have it all figured out. We have no excuses, just laziness. My humble prayer is that we listen to God’s voice when he says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Like Paul we should confidently say, ‘Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’