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It is clear that the master sought some profit from the servants' oversight. A gain indicated faithfulness on the part of the servants. The master rewards his servants according to how each has handled his stewardship. He judges two servants as having been "faithful" and gives them a positive reward. To the single unfaithful servant, who "played it safe", a negative compensation is given.

A thematically variant parable appears in the non-canonical Gospel of the Hebrews. While the basic story in each of these parables is essentially the same, the settings are quite different. The "Parable of the Talents", in Matthew —30 tells of a master who was leaving his house to travel, and, before leaving, entrusted his property to his servants. According to the abilities of each man, one servant received five talents, the second had received two, and the third received only one.

The property entrusted to the three servants was worth 8 talents, where a talent was a significant amount of money. Upon returning home, after a long absence, the master asks his three servants for an account of the talents he entrusted to them. The first and the second servants explain that they each put their talents to work, and have doubled the value of the property with which they were entrusted; each servant was rewarded:.

His master answered, 'Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master. The third servant, however, had merely hidden his talent, had buried it in the ground, and was punished by his master:. Then the one who had received the one talent came and said, 'Sir, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground.

See, you have what is yours. So you knew that I harvest where I didn't sow and gather where I didn't scatter? Then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received my money back with interest!

Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten. For the one who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless slave into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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In Luke's Gospel Luke , Jesus told this parable because he was near Jerusalem and because his disciples thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. The objective of investing or trading during the absence of the master was intended to counter expectations of the immediate appearance of God's kingdom.

Only the business outcomes and consequential rewards of three of the servants' trading were related. Additionally, Luke included at the beginning an account of citizens sending a message after the nobleman to say that they did not want him as their ruler; and, at the end, Luke added that the nobleman instructed that his opponents should be brought to him and then be slain as well as the unprofitable servant being deprived of his mina.

The parallels between the Lukan material the Gospel of Luke and Book of Acts and Josephus ' writings have long been noted. Eusebius of Caesarea includes a paraphrased summary of a parable of talents taken from a " Gospel written in Hebrew script " generally considered in modern times to be the Gospel of the Nazarenes ; this gospel was presumably destroyed in the destruction of the Theological Library of Caesarea Maritima in the 7th century by the Islamic invaders and has yet to be found.

In that gospel, Eusebius writes that while the man who had hid the talent was rebuked for his burial, only the man who had received two talents had invested and gained a return on his investment. The recipient of the five talents instead "wasted his master's possessions with harlots and flute-girls;" it was he, in the Hebrew gospel, that was sent into the darkness Eusebius expressly identifies the darkness as being imprisonment.

In Matthew, the opening words appear to link the parable to the parable of the Ten Virgins , which immediately precedes it. Traditionally, the parable of the talents has been seen as an exhortation to Jesus' disciples to use their God-given gifts in the service of God, and to take risks for the sake of the Kingdom of God. These gifts have been seen to include personal abilities "talents" in the everyday sense , as well as personal wealth.

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Failure to use one's gifts, the parable suggests, will result in negative judgment. The first two servants are able to see God in a positive perception, as "understanding, generous, and kind", while the third servant sees God as "harsh, demanding, and critical". The poet John Milton was fascinated by the parable interpreted in this traditional sense , [18] referring to it repeatedly, notably in the sonnet " When I Consider How My Light is Spent ": [18].

When I consider how my light is spent Ere half my days, in this dark world and wide, And that one Talent, which is death to hide, Lodg'd with me useless, though my Soul more bent To serve therewith my Maker, and present My true account, lest he, returning, chide Doth God exact day-labour, light denied? But Patience to prevent That murmur, soon replies: "God doth not need Either man's work or his own gifts; who best Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best.

His state Is kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed And post o'er land and ocean without rest: They also serve who only stand and wait.

Some critics interpret the poem's exhortation to be ready to receive God's will as a critique of a misunderstanding of the parable as literal or economic, and that waiting—rather than amassing wealth to prove one's worth—is the proper way to serve God. Milton may even be contrasting God as King with the lord of the parable. Catholic Bishop Robert Barron says that the talents in this parable are "a share in the mercy of God, a participation in the weightiness of the divine love", rather than personal abilities or wealth. People who spread rumors and half-truths are always recruiting new members.

The ability to build and keep trust is worth more than anything else you can bring to the table. There is no skill, degree, or talent that can replace it.

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Trust is the connective tissue between you and every important relationship in your life: your parents, spouse, boss, coworkers, and friends. The most important relationship you will ever have is the one you have with yourself. Take care of your health and finances on a daily basis. Make your voice the loudest you hear, and the first one you listen to about your hopes and dreams. The compelling force for happiness and success in your life is you and only you.

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There is something you can do to maintain your youthful outlook on life—always be a student. Read books and magazines that broaden your horizons.

Continuing your education in formal and informal ways will keep you young and interesting. They can be wrapped in fear or prejudice. Opinions can make people as impervious as steel preventing the passage to clear thinking or new possibilities. Keep your mind free of opinions and focus on acquiring real knowledge. Be selective about people who hold themselves out as experts.

The best knowledge possible is that which comes from your first-hand research and experiences. Get the facts before you make big purchases, cast your vote, or try to influence others.

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Allow yourself to see mistakes in a whole new light. Learn from them, and one day, your mistakes will provide material for the stories you tell, your heartfelt advice to others and your expanding book of self-confidence. Always forgive yourself and others for making mistakes. Make decisions based on the best information you have and be confident you will be able to handle the outcome. If you want to be known as a team player, to be included in big projects and considered for promotion, look for ways to acknowledge others and their contributions.

In fact, the group is always smarter than any one person, so why not embrace it and say so. When you make co-workers feel a part of something, they are inspired to do their best. People who inspire are literally pushed up the ladder by their peers. These principles come to you as a loving reminder, moment of reassurance, and reaffirmation of all that is important today and will be for the rest of your life.

It comes from someone who has learned through experience these change-proof concepts the hard way. I hope you'll share them with those you love. I hope it brings you comfort, joy and all the blessings of a life well-lived. J ERRY COLONNA helps start-up CEOs make peace with their demons, the psychological habits and behavioral patterns that have helped them to succeed—molding them into highly accomplished individuals—yet have been detrimental to their relationships and ultimate well-being. He states that much of what he has learned about growing up came from learning to lead.