God given talents

There is a New Testament Christian story about talents. In the story there are 3 sons

The son that used his talents to the best of his ability was the one that was rewarded by the father. I mention this as I contemplate my three children and what they have done with their talents. How have I rewarded them over the years has been mainly situational and based on what they needed to get at the time. However Blakely has certainly used her talents to the best. I have encouraged her to get a Master’s degree and am helping her to buy a house and to split the cost with her husband rather than continue renting. Blakely has been the most expensive of the three children; however she has responded to that by now getting a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and is willing to work hard to maximize her talents. The Christian bible story of rewarding your children who use their talents is allegorical and came to my mind today because I just gave money specifically $20 in a very very bad neighborhood to an older African American gentleman who was walking down the street on a 100゚ day. He was crippled with a huge limp and had severe arm spasms. I said to myself well now there is somebody I would give some money to because he is truly in need. I am so disgusted by all the young beggars out there begging for money when they are in perfectly good health. So instead of saying in my mind I would do something good I pulled my car over to the side in a very bad neighborhood and gave him some money. It turns out he was blind in one eye and didn’t know what I was giving him. After I explained to him he had a $20 bill in his hand he told me how his old girlfriend had hit him in the head with a large piece of wood and blinded him in one eye while she was trying to steal his money. Whether that story was true or not I don’t know but I have no reason to doubt it. He was walking on a sidewalk without begging on a 100゚ day. He reminded me of a time years ago when I was hitchhiking through Alaska and getting picked up by drivers without sticking my thumb out . I was showing to the drivers that I was willing to walk the distance to get where I was going if nobody would pick me up. This goes back to the story of talents we all have only so much going on in terms of our talent mentally or physically. Question is what do we do with that God-given talent and do we do our best or do we become beggars. And if we become beggars do we become beggars with class, dignity, and a sense of pride?

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