Post 262

Life is good because God is good and God is life.

My Little Rutabagas

Me showing off for the kids

Off to Pine Ridge Villas with the monkeys

Playing at the mall

Amity with her good little friend, Jana Rose

Now isn't that a fine lineup?

Got a new van.

Then I was a boy, I thought, "When I turn 16 and can drive, I'm gonna get an orange corvette with the humps over the wheels." Then a little later, I thought that might be a bit extravagant. So I decided, "When I turn 16 I'm gonna get a black jeep." Now that I'm 33, married, and have a house and 3 kids, I've got my first car, and it's a Dodge Grand Caravan! Praise the Lord!

Charity came to work with us. Boy were they giggly!

Out at the park

Andrew's friend, Jacob

Bible time!

The reason we love Meijer

Some of Amanda's gormet food

Never know what you'll find in the paper towel isle.

Asa loves the water!

My Grandma Hiatt with Asa

Asa's first birthday...

We celebrated at Bloomer Park with family and friends...

Easter picture

Donnie and Connie came for a visit with my little nieces, Ashley and Aviella

Out on a hike with Uncle Andrew

Stony Creek metropark

Helping on the Levi's Room Project. Here's Levi with Levi.

Ran into the Walker crew at Costco

Helping wash dishes

See what Amanda made for Charity's bridal shower?

Some insights I've had recently...

The Parable of the Talents
Matthew chapter 25

 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.

To sum it up...
The lord of the servants was going to go on a trip. So he divided and entrusted his money to his three servants: to each of them according to his own ability.

To one he gave 5 talents, to another 2, and 1 to the last.  Then he left while the servants took care of his money. After a long time, he returned. The one with 5 talents said, "Here's your 5 talents, plus 5 more!" The lord of the servants said he was "good" and "faithful." Then the one with 2 brought his 2 talents and gave them to the master, including 2 more! The lord of the servants said the exact same thing about this second servant. He was "good" and "faithful."

It doesn't matter what your ability is as long as you are good and faithful at it.

Then the last servant came in and said, "I got scared and hid mine in the dirt. But it's still here!" The lord of the servants did not call him good or faithful. Instead, he was called wicked and slothful, and later unprofitable.

This servant had the least ability of all. He could only handle one talent.
But that wasn't the problem.
The problem was that he didn't even use the ability that he did have.

Don't hide the talents and abilities that God has entrusted to you. Be good and faithful with what you are able!

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