“Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21)
The boy Samuel prophesying at the Tabernacle of Shiloh. Young Samson fighting the lion at Timnath. The youthful David slaying the giant Goliath in the valley of the Philistines. Young Solomon ascending the throne of Israel. The boy Jesus confounding the lawyers in the Temple of Jerusalem.
Every boy dreams of that defining moment in his own life when he becomes a man—a man whose life counts; a man who makes a difference; a man who delivers the goods.
And while my examples here all speak to the male, this does not mean that the ladies are without these longings. Everyone of us have been created by God with a built in bias toward making a difference with our lives; doing something that really matters; delivering the goods when and where they are most needed.
And then to hear, "Well done, good and faithful servant."
The American poet, Walt Mason, penned the following words; they are among my favorite, and I offer them now to you, for I'm sure they express one of your deepest desires --
"There is a man in this world who is never turned down,
Wherever he chances to stray.
He gets the glad hand in the populace town,
Or out where the farmers make hay.
He is greeted with pleasure on hot desert sands,
Or deep in the aisles of the woods.
Wherever he goes, there’s a welcoming hand –
He’s the man who delivers the goods!"
Walt Mason (1938)