I try not to hold on to regrets. A few years ago, I gave up guilt for Lent, and I stopped accepting and using shame as transactional currency with others, myself, and God. This is not to say I always get it right, nor that my life is this ongoing parade of shameless, guiltless successes without a tinge of regret; I would rather engage and royally screw up than not engage and miss out on what could have been.
Last week in worship, we looked at the first of the three parables in Matthew 25—parables of judgment, about what THEN the Reign of God will be like, and saw the call to relationship. The foolish bridesmaids weren’t rejected in the end because they were late; it’s because they didn’t respond to the invitations to Christ’s foolishness in this world.
This week, we see a similar yet different take on this call to relationship in the Parable of the Ten Talents. When servants are called on to take a king’s money and do something with it, the real problem comes to the one who says “I got nothing.” Not I lost it, not I doubled it, not I threw it in a fountain, nothing. No change. And boy howdy does he look back in regret!
Inaction is dangerous in the life of the church, and in the life of faith. We cannot let Sabbath turn into complacency; we cannot let pausing turn into the status quo. What can we do if the great risk of separation, condemnation and destruction are all off the table when we respond to God’s calling?
It’s something to think about, and in my case, write about, and practice talking about. I look forward to seeing you Sunday.
The memorial service for Charles Winslow will be on Saturday, November 18 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Luke Community United Methodist Church. (5710 E R L Thornton Fwy, Dallas 75223).