Thought for the Week

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

Hur­ray, it’s school hol­i­day time! Oh dear, it’s school hol­i­day time! I won­der which of these best sums up how you feel.

In the run-up to the hol­i­days there are prize cer­e­monies, sports days, school shows and all sorts of events which pro­vide var­i­ous land­marks. In their own way they all celebrate achieve­ment.

They look back on what chil­dren have achieved in a one-off event, over the course of a school year or over a whole school ca­reer. They are im­por­tant for en­cour­ag­ing and re­ward­ing.

Je­sus told a para­ble about a man who was go­ing on a jour­ney so he en­trusted his ser­vants with his prop­erty.

He gave one five tal­ents, another two tal­ents and the fi­nal ser­vant was en­trusted with one tal­ent. They were told to put these to use.

The first and sec­ond dou­bled what they had been given, end­ing up with 10 and four tal­ents re­spec­tively. The third ser­vant buried his tal­ent and did noth­ing.

When the master re­turned he asked his ser­vants to ac­count for what they had been given. The first two were re­warded for their dili­gence but the third ser­vant was ban­ished for his lazi­ness.

One of the points Je­sus was mak­ing was that it isn’t how much we have that is im­por­tant or how tal­ented we are that is cru­cial.

It is what we do with what we have been given.

For Chris­tians this raises the is­sue of how faith­fully we serve God. Part of that ser­vice is to use our tal­ents and our pos­ses­sions to make the lives of oth­ers bet­ter.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to all whose achieve­ments have been recog­nised.

Let’s all re­solve to use what­ever gifts we have been given for the good of all.

If you’ve got hol­i­days com­ing up – en­joy. Wil­liam Wil­son, Min­is­ter, Burn­side Blair­beth Church.

Lunch time Tak­ing a breather Great out­doors The St Bride’s walk­ers who went to the Trossachs Trek Into the woods Spec­tac­u­lar The views were worth the climb

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