I Dare You

And to one he gave five talents, to another two and to another one, to each according to his own ability.                                                     Matthew 25:25

On this eighth day of the second month of 2016, I have finally decided to do with my life something I should have been doing all along;

I’ve taken on a dare

to be the ME I was created to be.

Today feels risky because while I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty, I tend to shy away from risk.  And besides, I need my sleep…I want them to like me…I really do want to fit in and look cool fitting in!

They’re so much better at this than I am!

And besides…

I’m not that talented!

Today feels risky but I’ve also decided that I’m tired…

 of reasons for failing and excuses for failing to try;

of merely dreaming and failing to see those dreams fulfilled.

I’m weary of focusing on my SELF

and losing sight of my God!

After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.  So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents…His lord said to him “Well done good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord!”

Matthew 25:20-21

And so it went with the one to whom was entrusted two talents.

But here’s what happened with the third…

Then he who had received the one talent came and said, “Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed and I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground.  Look, there you have what is yours.”

But his lord answered and said to him, “You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.”

Matthew 25: 24-39

If you read on through verse 30, this “unprofitable servant” is cast into “outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

I don’t know about you, but I do not relish a future of weeping and teeth-gnashing.  After all, isn’t life here hard enough without investing into a hard future?

So today on this eighth day of the second month in 2016, God presents us with a dare.

Go on…

be the BEAUTIFUL YOU that God created when He first breathed His life into you.

Go on and look at Him instead of yourself.

Go on…

I dare you!