As I progressed, I consulted Wikipedia so I could check out the details of the parable. At this point I wasn’t certain I actually understood anything about the parable. Through the Wikipedia database I came to understand the Parable of the Talents on a level that I previously had never understood. I learned much more than I could ever describe. I learned that thousands of years ago we were as competitive as we are today. I learned that what these men accomplished was on the level of a Steve Jobs, or a Warren Buffett and the third man was much more like the average person. I learned that Wikipedia, a non-profit organization is also fundraising like many other non-profits during this time of year. I donated to them also.
While I did not produce a grand plan nor raise millions of dollars for the church, I succeeded at learning how difficult it is to do what the three people in the parable did. And our church does this each and every year. It gave me an appreciation for the way we do things today. I also grew an appreciation for my computer and my GPS and all of the gadgets we have at our disposal. The people of the parable did it the old fashioned way—hand made, and on a camel or donkey.
The process of making something for the season, as well as for the purpose of fundraising for our church gave me a drive that was previously missing. I also found that everyone at Grace San Marcos was helpful and I appreciate their help to raise funds. May the season serve you as much as it has served me this year. Merry Christmas, Barbara Schmidt