“The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’ –Matthew 25:24-25
I like the translation from “The Message” bible for this particular parable. The words are more plain spoken, easy to understand, as if they were speaking right to me. The final servant, the one who hid his money so it would be secure tells the master that he didn’t want to disappoint him, so he just kept what he had hidden and safe. That makes sense doesn’t it? He isn’t a risk-taker, he’s going to give back to the master what is his with no worries of disappointing him. I would bet that many of us make decisions that way sometimes, I’m not going to take the risk because I don’t want the result to be disappointing or I don’t want someone to be disappointed in me. How do you decide when you’re going to play it safe or when you’re going to take a risk? What is the measure we use to calculate risk and if it’s going to be worth it or not? For me, it’s always about who is the risk going to effect besides just me, is there any chance that I’m going to let someone down? It’s also a good time to remember that I can take a risk and that even if it doesn’t work out the people I surround myself with are not usually the ones who are going to be disappointed but the ones that are going to lift me up to try again. Take the risk, you never know what you’re going to learn!