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It is a new year 2014! It is never too early to teach your children about setting goals. Now is a good time to get out some paper, crayons, markers, and let your children’s dreams manifest on paper. Ask your children, what do you want to be when you grow up? What are 5 things you want to do this year? What are some goals you want to make for this year 2014? It is never to early to dream big. Write the vision, make it plain. It is a great thing to save for your children to look back at when they are grown. Reach for the stars, one day you just might make it! We are always accepting applications for scholarships on our site. If you know any outstanding students in K-12 encourage them to apply. Have a great 2014!!!
Isaiah Rider, JR participated in Jerry Colangelo’s 2013 Hall of Fame Golf Classic at the Wigwam resort in Litchfield, AZ. His team came in 5th place! What a fun event!
If you know of an outstanding student in grades K-12, please tell them about the Sky Rider Foundation! Our fall scholarships are being sent out this week! Congratulations to all the rising stars!
You may have heard this story many times. This story makes some interesting points that we can all apply to our lives when seeking personal development. Of all the Parables that Jesus taught this one I have learned the most. Jesus acknowledged the unfairness of life. We are all given a different starting point. Some of us are born with a “silver spoon” per se, others are born into poverty. What matters is not what we are given- it’s what we do with it that matters.
Here’s the story:
“Therefore stay alert, because you do not know the day of the hour. For it is like a man going on a journey who summoned his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave 5 talents, to another 2, and to another 1, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The one who had received 5 talents went off right away and put his money to work and gained 5 more. In the same way, the one who received 2 talents, gained 2 more. But the one who received 1 talent went out and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money in it. After a long time the master came and settled his accounts with them. The one who received 5 talents came and brought 5 more, saying, ‘Sir you entrusted me with 5 talents. See I have gained 5 more.’ His master answered “Well done my good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy with your master.” The one with the 2 talents also came and said “Sir you entrusted 2 talents to me. See I have gained 2 more. His master answered “Well done good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many. Enter into the joy with your master.” Then the one who had received 1 talent came and said “Sir I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, have what is yours. But his master answered “You wicked and lazy servant! Then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and I would have received my money back with interest!” Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten. For everyone who has, much will be given, and he will have an abundance. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” Matthew 25: 13-30
A few key points I would like to point out is since we are all given different starting points in life, it is imperative to use our resources and remain humble. If you have been blessed with “5″ talents to start, don’t pat yourself on the back. You should expect more from yourself. If you happen to have started with “1″ talent what is important is you remain “faithful” with what you have been given. The master praises them for being “faithful” Praise is given for their “faith” not their results. If you have only “1″ talent and you are too “afraid” to do anything with it, it will whither by the wayside. Weather we are given 5 or 1 talents, we must make the most out of it to continue to reap abundantly.
The servants in this story are not working to create increase for themselves, it’s not even their money they are working with. Their true reward is to share in their master’s happiness. I know that if I do something to create increase for myself only, it usually does not create happiness. If I field my energy into helping others, I create the most increase both in joy and abundance. For to whom much is given, much will be required.
The last part is fear. Fear is what hold most people in bondage today. Fear of the unknown. “What if I fail, what if I don’t get the job, what if I lose money, what if blah blah blah” If you do what makes you happy and follow your heart, you will continue to increase. Do not live in fear. You see the servant that was “afraid” did not prosper because he was fearful of the unknown, instead of being fruitful and multiplying. Do not be lazy! Everyday use your resources, what you have been given and help others. Follow your dreams, remain faithful in all your work, and come share in God’s abundance!