What would you do with $7,200,000?

There’s a classic parable that Jesus shared of a wealthy master who distributed resources to three of his servants.

It’s as though the master knew the capacity of each one of his servants and he gave them different amounts of money to invest.

To one he gave 5 talents, to another 2 talents, to another 1 talent.

A talent (Ancient Greek τάλαντον, talanton ‘scale’ and ‘balance’) was a unit of weight of approximately 80 pounds (36 kg), and when used as a unit of money, was valued for that weight of silver. As a unit of currency, a talent was worth about 6,000 denarii. A denarius was the usual payment for a day’s labour.

So today if we use the Australian average labourer’s cost of $30 an hour x 40 x 6000, one talent would equate to $7,200,000

The one who received 5 talents equates to $36,000,000

The one who received 2 talents equates to $14,400,000

The one who received 1 talent equates to $7,200,000

It’s interesting how Jesus was never afraid to talk about money and the use of it.

When the master returned from a long trip he called in his three servants and wanted to settle the accounts.

The one who was given $36,000,000, returned $36,000,000 on the master’s investment, giving him back $72,000,000 million.

The one who was given $14,400,000, returned $14,400,000 on the master’s investment, giving him back $28,800,000

Both the first and the second servant returned 100% and obviously the master was pleased, saying to them both “Well done, good and faithful servant, I’m now going to make you both in charge of much, enter into the joy of your master”

The third servant returned exactly what he was given $7,200,000 and the master was furious. The master asked why he had given back exactly what was given him?

The servant’s response was what most people that waste other people’s resources do, they blame the one that gives the opportunity.

The servant called the master harsh and knew that the master had an expectation of a return.

In the modern world, the easiest thing we can do when opportunity is presented on a platter, is do nothing. Like the unfaithful servant in the parable, they can’t see past their own slave mentality and expect someone else to foot the bill for them.

What a slave mentality fails to see,

When get have a job to do, turning up is not enough. We must show a return for the opportunity we have.

If we don’t show a significant return, what we do have, if it’s not invested, we will lose it.

Be it a marriage, family, friendships, business opportunities, mental health, physical health..

On the positive side, we have a law working for us if we are not afraid to invest our lives into everything wholesome, expect 100% return.

I hope you’re not wasting what God has given you.

I hope you’re not blaming others and hiding your ability.

I hope you’re not looking for an excuse why you can’t.

This is the day that the lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.

What’s in it for for me?

Community has all sorts of benefits and setbacks depending on the overall expectations of those who participate.

Motivation is a big part, what’s the motivation for joining?

Some join a community to take from the community. This is the person with very low interpersonal skills and has a one track mind, “What’s in it for me?”

1. They are known for taking but not giving back.

2. They tend to drain the energy of those that give without taking any consideration of what it costs to build a vibrant community.

3. They leave the community the moment they are challenged to participate.

4. They can’t see past their own unquenchable needs and miss out on the value of community.

What can I contribute?

1. This person is motivated by high interpersonal awareness.

2. This person knows the value of contribution without an expectation of an immediate return.

3. This person understands the timeless truth of sowing and reaping. You have to give in order to get a return far greater than what they give.

4. This person continues to grow the community and in turn grows their own sense of well-being.

When is it time to leave a community?

1. When the community no longer provides the opportunity to add value into another persons life.

2. When the community has lost a clear sense of purpose.

3. When the community only serves those at the top.

4. When the community stops growing not only in numbers but more importantly, it stops developing givers.

COMMUNITY IS ALL ABOUT SHARING

We all have something to give and it’s the giving that makes it all worth while.

Like any beautiful fruitful tree. After you have planted it, nurtured it, faithfully stood by it, when the fruit comes, you get the privilege of enjoying the fruit as well.

Community has its challenges, but it also has its blessings.

There’s no one that likes order like me, but order for the sake of order can be madness.

The very idea of order shouldn’t suggest that everything looks perfect, nothing could be further from the truth.

Order is about creating flow and the ability to move in any direction necessary to achieve something greater than ourselves.

Order is not about having a clean desk as the end goal.

Most of my work involves creating order and sometimes to create such order or flow you have to disrupt everything to restore order.

Things can get messy before things get better

Don’t preserve the appearance of perfection and the cost of wholesomeness.

Have a rebel moment every now and again and surprise yourself and choose the quickest route to your destination, throwing caution to the wind.

Knock, Ask, Enter

Knock on the door

Ask for the opportunity

Walk into your promise

All three are verbs that must be acted upon.

Save the ideology, philosophy and rhetoric for someone else.

I hope and pray you have an awesome day

For me to be that confident to declare that ‘All things work out for good’, I’d have to have resources and references far greater than anything this world can offer.

At the young age of 58, I’ve had the privilege of bypassing real tragedy 🎭 even though I’ve felt like I went to the edge a few times.

When I compare my story to others, especially my parents, my life has been a walk in the park.

Why is it in the western world especially, the rate of suicide is growing, mental illness and a sense of hopelessness is at an all time high?

We’ve never been richer, smarter or have freedoms greater than any point in history.

All things don’t feel like they work together for so many.

Why?

When life is all about reaching a destination, be it a goal, a place, a kindred community, life becomes a huge roller coaster leading nowhere.

Everything becomes so temporal, we grasp at straws to find meaning.

We reach a destination, such as a goal, place or kindred community that we dreamt about only find our misery comes with us.

Jesus said “I have come to give you life in abundance” His promise wasn’t to grant us our wishes, but to illuminate our heart to a better way.

When we place our trust in Jesus, we then can claim the resources He has to offer to make such a ridiculous statement like “All things work together for good”

My hope is not in my positivity, my hope is in the one who created the universe. Who sees all my struggles and allows me to lean on him.

Our own confidence and get go spirit can only deliver so much in life. We all run out of steam.

Activating that new life that Jesus offers goes way beyond just having a great attitude. Jesus promises to come in to any life and fill them with enthusiasm for even the most mundane things.

If you don’t believe me, try praying 🙏 to Jesus with real sincerity in the privacy of your own bedroom and see what happens.

I’ll let Jesus answer fir himself.

Have an awesome day.

Remember that moment you swung on the monkey bars at the playground and discovered flow?

Yes, it was nerve racking at first until you let go to grab onto the next bar. From there it was all about trying to stretch yourself to see how far you could swing. Our whole body got involved and we learned fast how to listen to our body to make this happen.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT IS TRAGIC?

You got too old for the monkey bars and everything got too serious. Flow started to get restricted 🚫 and everything had to be calculated to the point of inaction. Where’s the fun in that?

The monkey bars were a brilliant tool to calculate risk, take shots and reasonably assess the next step to succeed. Failure was part of discovery 💡.

Activating faith in every situation is a God given gift. God allows us to jump in certain directions with a reasonable risk so you can reach levels you’ve never reached before.

The classic story of Jesus walking on water and freaking out his disciples while they are in a boat during a storm. This is a monkey bar opportunity for Peter. Peter is seeing his teacher and master walking against nature on the water. Peter instantly bids Jesus for the ability to do the same thing and he steps out of the boat to discover a flow he couldn’t even dream of.

We often limit ourselves as we get older and we prefer to ride out storms in the safety of what we create (Like a boat).

Walking on water doesn’t seem natural, neither does swinging on monkey bars!!

Don’t become so serious about everything in life that you forget to take a faith adventure every now and again.

The joy of a restored marriage

The joy of seeing our children find their purpose in life

The joy of creating a unique business

The joy of being a vessel in changing toxic cultures

The joy of liking who you see in the mirror and experiencing peace rather than hearing a constant negative voice in your head

I pray 🙏 you have a great day and loosen your grip by letting go and taking a leap of faith in a wholesome adventure.

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