In the parable of the talents, those servants who utilized their talents well received more.

Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. 

— Matt. 25:21, 23

Where are you in your life?  Are you living it out to the fullest or do you feel it has passed you by? 

We often find ourselves asking and praying for “change,” but when we are faced with the actual possibility, can we handle it?  Do we embrace it?  Or are we just more comfortable living a mediocre life?

  • Don’t just go through the motions of prayer and sharing your “prayer request.”
  • Don’t disregard taking the little steps in your life because you don’t see the bigger picture.
  • Don’t stop believing that God has a wonderful and prosperous plan for your life.

Gideon lifted himself of the bottom of the winepress and decided to lead the fight against the Midianites.  It may be time for you to climb out of the bottom of your winepress and start believing that whatever you ask, you will receive. 

Gideon wanted proof that it was the Lord speaking; the Lord wants trust and obedience from us.  Live each day as a gift from God, not as a sentence for unhappiness.

Your life is an occasion, rise to it.

— Mr. Magorium, MMWE

 Cliff Young is a contributing writer to Sandlot Stories (ARose Books), as well as the monthly column, He Said-She Said, in's Singles Channel.  An architect and former youth worker, he now works with Christian musicians and consults for a number of Christian ministries. Got feedback?  Send your comments and questions to