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Matthew 25:18 NKJV

“But he who had received one went and dug in the ground and hid his lord’s money.”

When I was a young child, I saw a toy I wanted in the store. The price was 15 dollars, but I only had one dollar, so I went home that day feeling pretty upset that I couldn’t have that prized possession. I remember spending the one dollar I did have on something wasteful; since I did not have the fifteen dollars for what I wanted, the one dollar was almost meaningless to me.

Are you in a place where you don’t think that what you have been given is enough to accomplish what you want, so you bury what you do have, which renders it of no value? I went to that store many times over several months. Sometimes I had five dollars, and sometimes I had eight dollars, but I never had 15. It didn’t occur to me that had I been wise and patient, over time I could have saved the money and purchased that toy. No, I had to have what I wanted exactly when I wanted it, or I would have nothing at all, and that is exactly what I got — nothing.

May you have the courage to treat the one talent or gift you have with the same excitement and creativity as a person with much more. Then you will see it grow, and the interest that it yields will allow you to enjoy a fullness you never imagined. Now, go dig that one talent up and get to work.

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