Kent Crockett, in his book MAKING TODAY COUNT FOR ETERNITY, shares the story of Kent and Barbara Hughes and their experience with their children one Christmas season. Their daughter Holly had landed the lead role in her school’s Christmas program. It was a challenging role which she performed brilliantly to the applause of both her parents and audience. Their son, who struggled with significant learning disabilities, was given a very minor role—just four lines—in his class’ program.
In the weeks leading up to the programs, the entire family, including the daughter, who had her own script full of lines to learn, had to take every opportunity to help the young boy work on his lines. Tried as he might, he just wasn’t able to memorize his four, short lines.
When the night of the program came, the young lad took a deep breath and delivered his lines without faltering.
With whom were the parents more pleased? The daughter who had many lines and a starring role, or the son who had few lines and a minor part? Obviously, they were equally pleased with the efforts of both their children.
Crockett goes on the liken this family’s experience with Jesus’ parable of the talents:
Just like the sales in the parable, we must also manage our talents until the master returns. We all have different abilities and responsibilities in life, and one day we will give an account for what we did with them (Romans 14:12).
We don’t all have the same ability—talents and skills.
We don’t all have the same responsibility—duties or obligations.
But we do all have the same accountability—we must all answer to God for how we used our abilities to fulfill our responsibilities. That puts iron on a level playing field.
“How does this truth apply to us today?” he asks. “No matter what our level of ability, we all have the same potential to make God smile.”
Kent Crockett graduated from Texas A&M University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is the senior pastor of the Church of Living Water in Prattville, Alabama. He is the author of The 911 Handbook, Making Today Count for Eternity, and I Once Was Blind but Now I Squint, and has been published in a number of Christian magazines.