August 27

Reflection

To everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich;
but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
Matthew 26:14-30

The problem with the timid servant who buried his talent is that he misunderstood the nature of what he had been given. God’s gifts—received as a pure gifts—are meant to be given to others as a pure gifts. Buried in the ground as one’s own possession they do nothing. The master’s seemingly harsh words should not be read as the punishment of an angry God but as an expression of spiritual development: the divine compassion will grow in you only as much as you give it to others.

Prayer

May I be a channel of compassion and mercy.

Action

Recognize your own gifts and share them.

Suggested Reading

Who has known the mind of God or who has been God’s counselor? Or who has given the God anything that he may be repaid?
Romans 11:33-36

 Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.
Leo Buscaglia

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
Voltaire

A gift consists not in what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.
Tony Robbins

I think that the greatest gift God ever gave man is not the gift of sight but the gift of vision. Sight is a function of the eyes, but vision is a function of the heart.
Myles Munroe

When you’re in a position to have gotten so much, the gift at this point is giving back.
Paul Stanley

If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.
George MacDonald

Greet every morning with open arms and say thanks every night with a full heart. Each day is a precious gift to be savored and used, not left unopened and hoarded for a future that may never come.
Regina Brett

 

 

 

 

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