the hardest job in the world, is the best job in the world

we're always build something. it can be easy to forget what you're building when you're building it out of mundane things like diapers, lost socks, sleepless nights & the naughty step. but i don't ever want to look at my job as a mom as anything less than the priceless privilege of being a part of building a human being.


favor & faithfulness {maxing out}

"for it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves & entrusted his possessions to them. to one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey." 
{matt 25:14-15}

we are each given a measure. a capacity. some have small arenas, others large. the amount is inconsequential, as they were given "each according to his own ability". i had long thought this parable was enlightening the subject of finances & the nature of investments. of how God's people are proactive investors not reactionary, fearful hoarders. but He wasn't just talking about money but favour for to each He gives according to their measure. 

"immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. in the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. but he who received the one talent went away and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money." {matt 25:16-18}

each servant was given something because they had the capacity to use it. proper stewardship is using what we've been given in order to gain increase. 

"now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them.  the one who had received the five talents came up & brought five more talents, saying 'master, you entrusted five talents to me. see, i have gained five more talents'. his master said to him 'well done, good & faithful slave.  you were faithful with a few things, i will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.'
also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, 'master, you entrusted two talents to me. see, i have gained two more talents.' his master said to him, 'well done, good & faithful slave.  you were faithful with a few things, i will put you in charge with of many things; enter into the joy of your master." 
{matt 25:19-23}

faithfulness is always rewarded in the kingdom. and each one of us have the opportunity for increase by the faithful use of what we have been given. on the otherhand here is God's verdict on unfaithfulness...
"and the one who had received the one talent came up and said, 'master, i knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow & gathering where you scattered no seed. and i was afraid, and went away & hid your talent in the ground. see, you have what is yours.'
but his master answered and said to him, 'you wicked, lazy slave, you knew that i reap where i do not sow & gather where i scattered no seed. then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival i would have received my money back with interest. therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has ten talents." 
{matthew 25:24-28}

for the first slave, who was given more responsibility with the five talents, his greater responsibility was rewarded.  but the opposite can also be true. we've all watched those who have been given great opportunities squander them and fall into greater judgement. they are held accountable to what they were given & ultimately will give an answer for their unfaithfulness. scripture is clear on this point in luke 12:48.  of equal interest is that the master's rebuke doesn't correct the slave's view of him as a 'hard man' but addresses the servant's response to that view of him. the servant still hadn't done the right  thing, even if he had a misguided view. his actions, or lack thereof, were still judged with the same weight regardless of what the servant's perception of the master was. 

"for whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them." 
{matthew 25:29} 

in the same way that faithfulness is rewarded, so is unfaithfulness judged. judged not by me or anyone else on this earth. but by the master. the one who sees it all. the one who sees the legitimate excuses & cares of life. but the one who gives to "each according to their measure". 

i realize this scripture could be read as giving the impression that the master is a cold greedy man but not my Master. and it is in the context of His overflowing kindness & love towards me that i carry this righteous fear of Him. i want to spend my life, spend the favor He so generously bestows on me as the wise... not as the unwise. no more excuses, as valid as they may be. i don't want to be like the foolish servant, too cowardly to use what i've been given, burying the favor i have been given in a field of excuses, among the drudgeries of daily life, unaware of the masters approach. no. i want to max my life out, making the most of every opportunity, taking the risk, investing in good stock, multiplying the favor i have been given, anticipating, even hastening the day of the Master's return.

"be very careful, then, how you live - not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity." 
{eph 5:13-16}

"nothing is worth waking up and saying 'i'm not the person i wanted to be'" 
{diane sawyer}