By Candace Boggan

Archive for October, 2014

The Law of Talents…

I want to explore a very important topic today- the use of gifts and talents, or lack thereof. This brings me to my first question. How well have you handled that which has been entrusted to you? As I personally continue to pursue a number of different opportunities, I can’t help but think back, to “The Parable of the Talents,” discussed in Matthew 25:14-29 (noted below.) I’ve decided to use this example as a guide for my own life, and for the use of what has been given to me.

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.” Bible

So…what can we learn from this parable? Let’s examine in further detail. The two who added to what they’d received were rewarded, while the other chastised. Why is this? I believe the idea is that we should look to multiply and share that which we have custodial rights over, for the purpose of greater reward. Let me clarify… this does not mean reward for ourselves alone, but even more so, for others. Typically our gifts and talents are primarily for someone else. However, we still benefit in some way, shape or form, when we utilize them. If you have the gift of exhortation, then an innate ability lies within you to impart edifying and encouraging words. Not only will those who receive what you say be impacted, but the positivity will without a doubt, come back to you. God never intended for us to bury what He gave us. If we’ll apply our gifts and talents, He will let them make room for us in this world. As a result, they will grow and be multiplied. Remember, your talents have a job to do. Not only is someone else counting on you, but we certainly won’t have a good excuse when asked why we made no use of them! If you need help determining your gifts or purpose, please reach out to me. Otherwise, let’s unwrap them, and prepare for immediate use~

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Holding a globe necklace that arrived in the mail for me- as I sit, typing away on my computer..writing!!!


Death Brings Growth…

As a follow up to my last post titled, Harvest Time- I want to delve further into the topic of “harvest” season. As the leaves continue to change colors, and they fall from the trees, I can’t help but think of death…and growth! You might find it odd that I use these two terms in the same sentence, but in reality, it’s a very true concept.

As the season has shifted, so has creation. Look around. Depending upon what part of the country or world you’re in, what you see may vary. I’m writing today from the mid-west of the USA, so it’s very much Autumn season here. I must admit more so than normal, considering when I’m in Florida, I’m surrounded by glimpses of summer throughout the entire year there. Last post we discussed, “reaping a ripened crop” during harvest time. While this is most certainly the case, what really happens during the process? AND…what has to transpire in order for us to get a mature crop? The summer greenery turns to a rainbow of Fall colors, then eventually descends to the ground, as part of preparation for the winter months. It’s a natural law in nature. Without Harvest, there is no Spring. Death must take its rightful place, in order for new things to come. Life is also like this. In order to enter new realms, certain aspects must stay behind; people, places, behaviors, habits… you name it. What was a part of last season, may not be allowed to go into your next season. Even animals shed old skin/fur. It’s part of natural progression. Thus, don’t be afraid of loss. We outgrow the “old,” and ready ourselves for the “new.” I’ll admit, this troubled me for a great while. I’ve often struggled with letting go of people, places and things…BUT, I’m learning to accept the process as it comes. Nothing stays the same. Therefore, if I’m forced to grow in certain areas, while what’s around me remains the same, there’s going to be a conflict. God created it to work this way. So…I decided to let nature take it’s perfect course. I refuse to fight what naturally has to occur. What I can do though, is allow the death of habits, relationships, places and behaviors to prune and develop me for the better. This ensures the loss is not in vain. What’s meant to stay, will be, and what’s not, won’t. It’s very simple. My advice, learn from it, and grow on~

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Harvest Season- Ohio