“The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry our their dream.” Les Brown
There’s a story in Matthew 25, that has come to be known as the Parable of the Talents. It is about a Boss who goes on a long journey and entrusts his employees with some of his money to invest. He gives “Employee One” 5 talents, “Employee Two” 2 and “Employee Three” one talent, according to their abilities and skill level. When the Boss returns, he checks his balances and see that the first two employees have doubled their investments! Employee One invested his money in a little startup computer company that everyone wishes they had taken a bite out of. Employee Two took a chance on a social network that recently had a hugely successful public offering.
Boss – “Well done! You’ve both been promoted to District Managers”
Excited and hopeful, he checks his third employees results. He’s surprised to see that the balance is exactly the same as when he left! Surely the numbers must be wrong. He calls the third employee into his office and demands an explanation.
Employee Three – “Well sir. The economy has been on a downward spiral since 2006. Stocks are volatile, World markets are in shambles. I considered a couple different options. One of them was a picture taking app that kids seem to love but then I thought the best thing would be to hold the money here in this safety deposit box for when you returned. Cash is always the safest bet. Investing it was too risky. I was afraid of the results.”
Boss – “You don’t understand how investing works. We can’t have great returns without taking great risks. You could have at least put the money into an interest bearing bank account. It wasn’t your money to lose in the first place. I would have taken all the risk. It appears hiring you was a mistake. You’re fired.”
Not only did Employee Three get fired, Employee One was given his investment as a bonus. A truly bad career move.
The talents in the parable represent the gifts each of us have been given. God is the Boss and we are the Employees. We have treasure deep inside of us, but many of us bury it under layers of fear. This fear manifests itself through self-doubt and insecurity and a host of other defense mechanisms. It is most often caused by rejection.
Fear is something that we have tolerated far too long, and somehow we allow it to rob us of our dreams and destiny. We settle for mediocre lives. We live in the status quo never changing the world or making a difference. It has been said that the phrase “Fear not” appears 365 times in the Bible. That’s one for each day of the year.
It should make us angry when we see gifted friends and family members bury the potential inside themselves. We should be as angry as the Boss was at Employee Three. We should be even more angry at ourselves when we make up another excuse for our inaction because of fear. Have you ever thought that your dreams are not just for you? They are to build up the church and reach out to lost people. Our talents will never grow unless we use them and sometimes that involves risk.
Dead dreams laying dormant on the inside of us gives new meaning to the “Walking Dead”. Thankfully for us, Jesus is our Resurrection. He makes old things new and brings dead things to life. Childhood dreams can be revitalized with all the resources needed to make them a reality. Broken marriages can find a love that surpasses expectation. Two stony hearts can become tender and receptive again.
Jesus emptied himself so we would be full of His Life. What do you do with a broken dream? Start living it. Start pursuing it again. Start believing that it’s not too late for it to be fulfilled. This Easter, as we celebrate the Resurrection, know that the dead dream inside of you is ready to come to life again. The mark of the Resurrection is the empty tomb. Don’t bring your dreams to the grave with you.
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