How is a talent different from a gift? Why did she get five while he got one? What’s a surefire way to double God’s investment? You can ask those kinds of questions if you want to (yawn)…Lord knows enough preachers and teachers have. But the question with the blood in it, which is the one you always want, is: are you willing to show up and trade?
Are you willing to bring your thoughts, ideas, hunches, opinions, your entire past and present, your mistakes, successes, hopes, dreams, shame, glory, your height, weight, eye color, skin tone, shoe size, bust size, political affiliation, music preferences, your love, lust, steadfastness, envy, forgiveness, your mercy, compassion, justice, your KJV, NIV, NASB, Message, your Facebook, Twitter, phone call, handwritten letter…are you willing to bring all you are to all this day offers and trade/give and take/cut a deal/spit’n’shake/pay someone today so they’ll gladly repay you Friday/make an offer/roll the dice/take a chance/go for broke/shoot for the moon/swing for the fence?
If you’re willing to trade, its a gain, hands down. If not, its a loss…for all of us.