A story was told of an elderly man lying in bed alone in the final days of his life. He awakens to see a large group of people around his bed. Their faces are loving but sad. Confused, the old man smiles weakly and whispers, “You must be my childhood friends, and you have come to say goodbye? I am so grateful.”
Moving closer, the tallest and the most built of them grasps the old man’s hand and replies, “Yes, we are your best and oldest friends, but long ago you abandoned us. For we are the unfulfilled promises of your youth. We are the unrealized hopes, dreams and plans that you once felt deeply in your heart, but never pursued.”
“We are the unique talents that you never refined, the special gifts you never discovered. Old friend, we have not come to comfort you, but to die with you.”
Someone said that the richest place in life is the cemetery, because there lies books that were never written, songs that were never recorded, inventions that were never done etc.
Friends, to dream is cheap, to work the dream is work. Some of us are good talkers but never good doers.
Friend, you have something great inside of you. There are many wonderful things that might never get done if you do not do them. Do not rid the world of the greatness that is inside of you. Do not add to the richness of the cemetery.
A gift is never a gift until given away. Fulfill your gift. Give it away by realizing it. What you get in life is a product of how you use the talents and gifts given unto you by God.
The servant in the parable of the talent in Matthew 25 was rid of his talent because he refused to trade with it. He refused to do something with it. For every talent and ability unused, you shall account for them in heaven.
You shall not be useless in Jesus Name. Amen!
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