From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

It is Benjamin Franklin who is credited with the saying, “Well done is better than well said.”

I think that is a great line to think upon as we flip the calendar and start another year.

New Year’s resolutions for many of us seem to fall into the category of “all talk and no action” with most not making it out of the second week of January.

Jesus taught a parable about taking the resources we have, whether great or small, and using them to help others and create even more resources for helping.

The parable, found in Matthew 25:14-30, explains how three servants were entrusted with varying amounts of the master’s money.

Two of them went to work right away and doubled their assets, while the third sat around and did nothing.

When it came time to give an account, the first two were commended, as the master told them both, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

The third was reprimanded for his laziness, cast out of the master’s presence, and his untouched asset given to the first servant.

If you have resolved to spend more time with family this year then don’t just think about it.

Get your calendar out, make some calls, and plan those visits and times of sharing.

If you want to lose some weight, call a friend who will take the challenge with you and then get to work.

If you hope to get out of debt, start with cutting up your credit cards, get some financial counsel, and then write down things you will do to save money.

Remember: nobody is going to say ‘well done’ if you haven’t done anything.

Talk is cheap, so take action and get in the game!