Skip to Main Content

Use It or Lose It

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday of the Twenty-first Week in Ordinary Time

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’” (Matthew 25:23)


Back in my grade-school days our country schools would hold district declam contests with each other. I was a pretty good speaker, winning purple or blue ribbons most of the time. I became quite comfortable speaking before judges and other people. I stopped pursuing that talent in high-school and for many years after, no more public speaking. When asked to give a mission report to our church congregation, I suddenly realized that I was very nervous, to the point of wanting to find someone else to do it. But it was my job.

A few moments before the talk I said a quick prayer, asking God for a calmness to get through. My hands shook, the paper shook but I was able to give the report. It was a sobering experience to discover that I had left my talent for speaking hidden and ignored for so long that I had to relearn how to be comfortable.

Matthew 25: 14-30 is the parable of the talents. We see the three servants and how they react to the gifts given by the Master. We often hear the term God-given. Yes God may give, but if we fail to use our blessings from God we are equal to the third servant who hid his gift and failed the Master. Our gifts from God must be used, nurtured and practiced by us, or we will lose out. Today whenever I am called on to lay speak; I thank God for His gifts.


We thank You O Lord,

for giving each of us gifts.

May we reconigize them and use them in a way that brings glory to Your Kingdom. Amen.


Malcolm Dirksen
Friend of Avera,

1 CORINTHIANS 1:26-31 • PSALM 33:12-13, 18-19, 20-21 •MATTHEW 25:14-30

Previous Day's Reflection

Prayers in Time of Illness

collection of prayers appropriate for times of illness. 

Subscribe to a
daily reminder.

Enter your email address:
Yes, I would like to
be sent additional
information about Avera.