A friend of mine related a story about their father. She said that a gentleman in their neighborhood needed a new roof, and was not able to afford to hire a company to complete the work. A group of men in the neighborhood decided to help out and bought all the materials and began finishing the leaky roof.
After a couple of days, it became clear to all involved, that the neighbor was really capable and was just taking advantage of those who were willing to serve. One by one, all of the men left the project until there was just one man left, her father.
As he kept going back, day after day, for weeks – at great expense to himself and his family, his daughter finally said to him: “it’s clear to everyone that his man is taking advantage of you, why do you keep going back.” His reply:”I committed to do this project and I am going to see it through. I am not building this man a roof, I am building it for the Lord.”
This story, told to me years ago, came back into my mind, as my daughter is trying to learn how to write and compose music. She is getting frustrated because she has not perfected the art and makes a great deal of mistakes. She let me know that even though it is fun for her do create music, there is no money in it and it could not provide for a family. What a thought for a young teenager!
I told her, and it was really a lesson for me, that we do not do things for the money, we do them for the sake of doing them. Because the things that we are passionate about are worthy of doing them in and of themselves, whether we make money doing it or not. God gave us each talents and we should honor Him by using them to the best of our abilities.
I then wondered, when it was that I lost my passion as a child. When I stopped doing things for the sake of doing them and started looking for ways to make money. I think this is where I lost myself and in turn became poor. Rather, had I continued to do the things I was talented at, the things that I loved, the things God gave me gifts to do then I would have been happier regardless of my circumstance.
Our society preaches to go to school to get a job, whatever that job may be, so you can provide for your family. I am not suggesting we should not provide for our families, but why do we have to lose our passion in the process – just because there is no money in it? Why not, instead, build things for the Lord? That is, doing things for the sake of doing them. Because they are worthy of our time and efforts.
The Parable of the Talents
14 ¶For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.Matthew 25:14-30 KJV