As soon as I read this passage from the book Boundaries by Cloud/Townsend, I knew I would be sharing it on the blog. I highly recommend the book if you’ve never read it! Here is a link to the biblical passage The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) that is referenced in the excerpt below. It’s a quick read so if you are unfamiliar with it, take a second to read and then come back!
“Our talents are clearly within our boundaries and are our responsibility. Yet taking ownership of them is often frightening and always risky.
The parable of the talents says that we are accountable—not to mention much happier—when we are exercising our gifts and being productive. It takes work, practice, learning, prayer, resources, and grace to overcome the fear of failure that the “wicked and lazy’ servant gave in to. He was not chastised for being afraid; we are all afraid when trying something new and difficult. He was chastised for not confronting his fear and trying the best he could. Not confronting our fear denies the grace of God and insults both his giving of the gift and his grace to sustain us as we are learning.”
Fear is my nemesis. But I read this and thought I have no more excuses. But the truth is, at this point in my life I don’t want any more excuses! I don’t have any more time to waste. God help me I want to use what he gave me!
When it comes to your job/your talents (I think our talents are our job) do you struggle with fear? What do you do to push past your fear? What are you committed to doing no matter what?