Better Than Money


In Bible times, a “talent” was a unit of measurement that was approximately equal to 75 lbs., according to Tyndale’s Life Application Study Bible (NIV). We see the word “talent” used in reference to weight in Exodus 25:39 (NIV) as God gives instructions to Moses regarding the building of the tabernacle.

In the New Testament, specifically Matthew 25:14-30 (NIV), Jesus uses the word “talent” to mean a unit of money. Here He tells the Parable of the Loaned Money, and, referencing again my Life Application Study Bible, the modern-day equivalent of a talent is approximately $1,000 dollars.

In the parable, Jesus tells of a man who entrusted each of three servants with various sums of money while he was gone on a journey. The servants who were left five and three talents, respectively, worked hard and doubled his money; however, the one who was left one talent, buried it and earned nothing additional.

Jesus makes the point that this was a wasteful, lazy, and even evil misuse of the funds.

Shifting gears to modern-day America, we rarely think of talents as pertaining to weight or money. We recognize the word “talent” as synonymous with: “ability,” “aptitude,” “flair,” “bent” or “capacity.”

So, how does this become a “Monday Mom Message?”

Well, if our Heavenly Father thinks it is important for us to use our talents, then I think it is important for us moms to help our kids figure out what theirs are.

Some kids burst into the world with a ball in their hands, figuratively speaking. Others demonstrate musical or artistic gifts early on. However, for many of us (adults and children), our endowments are not so readily obvious. In those cases, it’s important to expose our children to lots of experiences and opportunities so they can discover what their God-given gifts are.

When I step into my son’s small bedroom, now crowded with items and artifacts from his childhood as well as the accumulated property of a 16-year-old, I am reminded of his many ventures over the years. Ivan took ice skating, guitar, and riding lessons. He’s been involved in drama and scouts. He’s played both baseball and soccer. Soccer was brutal. You know the feeling when your child really kinda stinks at something, and you’d like to stay quiet and unnoticed during the game? Come on, you know you do! When your child is sitting on a ball in play, because he’s not finished with snack… When your child is the only Ivan on any of the five fields, there is really no denying him.

I digress. The point is that we let him try lots of things. He has now settled on what he likes and does well, and that’s one of the most important lessons kids can learn as they grow up. It shouldn’t be about what we like or what we do well, but what unique gifts our children have been blessed with. The Lord doesn’t always grant equal amounts of talent to everyone, but we are assured that we all have them. And, we are assured, too, that we ought to use them!Blog - AHE Gift - 5-12-14

Now, for today’s drawing! As a reminder, your name will be entered into the drawing if you comment on this post at prior to 12:00 midnight tonight (CT), and you will also receive an entry if you choose to subscribe to my blog. If you subscribe today, you will be entered for what’s below, as well as for each of the four remaining drawings this week.

Connie Maher and Aim High Elite have been in Troy, MO for over 30 years. The well-known dance, cheer and gymnastics studio has served many families during that time, and my daughter is one of the lucky students who attends AHE now. The staff and coaches are wonderful, and I excited to say that today’s give-a-way is a voucher for one of AHE’s one-day summer camps. It is a $48 value. Learn more about Aim High Elite at:

If the drawing winner resides outside a 45-mile radius to AHE, there will be an alternative gift. This will be a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. What can’t we learn in a bookstore, right?!

Happy Monday!




2 responses

    • True, Charla. Sometimes, our talents don’t surface until later in life after they have been developed or nurtured. Thanks for the comment!