I’ve been thinking a lot lately about investment, micro-finance and return on investment. It led me to revisit the parable of the talents in Matthew 25. Jesus tells the story of a wealthy man who goes on a trip and leaves three different funds to three different employees. Two of them quickly make investments and double their funds. But the third employee literally buries his funds in the ground, not even earning bank interest. The wealthy man returns from his long journey and is quite pleased with the first two employees. But it does not go well for the third employee. He calls him names, chides him, gives his funds to the first employee and then kicks him out. The wealthy man drives it home with a striking quote, “‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.”
This story has obvious financial implications, but I think it is beyond just financial. It has me asking questions like, Who am I mentoring? Who am I investing in? Where am I spending my time? How am I helping replicate leaders? How am I investing in future generations? I want to invest my life in the right places and hope to someday hear Jesus say, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
May we be people that invest our time, money and talents into others for God’s Kingdom. I am grateful for the way that you do this in your partnership with ServLife. Thank you for your strategic investment in these pastors, children and families in India and Nepal. Your support is architecting a new future for these children and communities. Thank you.
More muddled thinnikg from the Conservatives.This kind of goes against recommendations of the Jenkins commission. It recommended the government BUY more products from Canada’s high tech companies. (Similar to the way the US government has historically bought large amounts of product from US high-tech companies (aerospace, science, defence, energy, computing, health-care)).Providing investment capital is a bit muddled in today’s economic environment. Customers and revenue is what high-tech companies most need. Capital’s cheap, but banks won’t lend to you without customers. Having steady sources of federal revenue allows them to more easily justify investments in RD that may pay off with many private-sector customers. But it’s the truth that most RD is highly risky, won’t end up paying off, and harder and harder for even the largest companies to justify.To be fair, the government may have got the message when it comes to MDA, and its purchase of a new radarsat satellite program. But it didn’t get the message with respect to AECL, and the maple reactor or ACR, for instance.