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“It’s like a man going on a trip.
He called his servants and loaned them money
to invest for him while he was gone.”
The belly button marks the place at which the nutritional “life line” from your mother was attached to you. This permanent scar is a reminder of a profound truth: life is a GIFT! Grace is given to us through Jesus (the umbilical cord) (Means of Life) so that we are enabled to achieve the purpose for which the Creator designed us. (Maker of Life)
Fundamentally, Father loans you three commodities: Time, Talent and Treasure. “It’s like a man going on a trip. He called his servants and loaned them money to invest for him while he was gone” (Matthew 25:14)
TIME! How many days will you live? Obviously, you don’t know! What you do know is this: when you wake up in the morning, your “alive–ness” is a gift.“ Time is the coin of life. Only you can determine how it will be spent. (Carl Sandburg))” So, “teach us to use wisely all the time we have” ( Psalm 90:12)
TALENT! Consider your unique personality and talent mix. Did you purchase it/them at Niemen Marcus? Here’s what the Manual says: “You shaped me first inside, then out; You formed me in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13) “God didn’t have time to make a nobody, only a somebody. I believe that each of us has God-given talents within us waiting to be brought to fruition.” (Mary Kay Ash)
TREASURE! Much advertising appeals to our sense of entitlement. “You’ve work long and hard! You deserve this!” However, a smidgen of honesty reveals the truth. Yes, we work hard; but with the time and talent that have grace-fully been given! “Every good endowment that we possess and every complete gift that we have received comes from the Father above” (Psalm 139:13) “Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.” (Napoleon Bonaparte)
“Sometime later the master returned and called them to give an account of how they had used his money”. (Matthew 25:19) As with any financier, Father wants a return on His investment. How’s your account in His portfolio?
Sometimes life hits us with a tsunami of adversity. It may be physical, mental, spiritual or relational—or, a combination of all four. We’re like the disciples in this incident:
Meanwhile, the boat was far out to sea when the wind came up against them and they were battered by the waves. At about four o’clock in the morning, Jesus came toward them walking on the water. They were scared out of their wits. “A ghost!” they said, crying out in terror. But Jesus was quick to comfort them. “Courage, it’s Me. Don’t be afraid.” Peter, suddenly bold, said, “Master, if it’s really You, call me to come to You on the water.” He said, “Come ahead.” Jumping out of the boat, Peter walked on the water to Jesus.
Now, lest we get fixated on the storm (that’s my inclination), let’s note this fact: adversity turned out to be a hidden treasure for Peter! In the midst of the storm he walked on water! Not a bad gig, wouldn’t you agree? This is what Janine Shepherd discovered. Her story takes us on an amazing journey—an odyssey with so many twists and turns, so many deep valleys and steep hills. It mirrors the road we travel in our own lives every single day. This is a story that takes us from the pinnacle of elite athletics competition to the pain and fear of being wheelchair bound and facing the shattering reality of permanent injury.
Please listen to Janine’s story and remember … the hidden treasures of adversity!