The servant didn’t realize that he was burying himself along with his master’s money. Nor could he imagine that the hole he dug became a grave not only for the talent, but also for his own potential. He decided to “play safe” rather than invest, and the result was “no gain.”
The spiritual life is about increase. God asks us to “increase and multiply” every blessing. But this only happens when we recognize our gifts and are willing to develop them. Paradoxically, the more we invest, the more gifts surface. We may have only one talent at our disposal, but the way we work with this talent can yield many more skills which had previously gone unnoticed. This holds true not only of tangible gifts such as musical abilities, but also of invisible gifts such as being a loving presence to others, learning to listen, learning to pray. As a result, our life’s purpose begins to unfold and we begin to understand all that God desires for us.
Lord, help us to be open to the possibilities that life has to offer.