I just finished watching Maidentrip last night. It was the third in a series of stories of great accomplishments by people who dreamed.
This riveting documentary chronicles the life and adventures of 14-year-old Laura Dekker, who set out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a yearlong battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura explores the world in search of freedom and adventure.
I realized as Laura approached the Cape of Good Hope how much this young girl had accomplished by following her dream. Many times what I will ever experience and yet she was only 15! In that light I looked upon my own accomplishments and realized how short I have come to my own standards. When I turned 50 I vowed to pick up the pace. That was nine years ago. I don’t know that my pace has really changed.
This reminds me of this parable that Jesus taught His disciples. He warned them, in a back handed way, against laziness and negligence. He told them what a worthless life consists of.
Parable of the Talents
“For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. “To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. “Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. “In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. “But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
“Now after a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. “The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’ “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
“Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’ “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
“And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. ‘And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’
“But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. ‘Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. ‘Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’
“For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. “Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Last night a friend of mine sent me this song. He is in his late 30s and recently turned his life around and committed it to serving Jesus Christ. He has since been dealing with enormous obstacles, snares, and consequences of living a life contrary to everything you read about in the Bible. To have this song come from him just amplifies its message and beauty. It is an elegant song that tells you exactly what is in my heart today. It is a song I would like to be played at my funeral. It explains why I run. It is why I write. It is why I do what I do. And this is why I will continue to do what I do all the way through my dying day.
If my heart could tell a story
If my life would sing a song
If I have a testimony
If I have anything at all
No one ever cared for me like Jesus
His faithful hand has held me all this way
And when I’m old and grey
And all my days
Are numbered on the earth
Let it be known in You alone
My joy was found
Let my children tell their children
Let this be their memory
That all my treasure was in heaven
And You were everything to me
I’m still in love
You’re still enough for me
Still all I want
You’re still my everything
By Steffany Gretzinger