"Recently, a friend of mine wrote me about an experience some years ago that had changed her life. She had gone to an artist’s studio to have her portrait drawn. The artist took his time, asking her a number of questions aimed at drawing her out. Eventually he asked her what she feared most. Her first answer was nuclear war. She mentioned that she had repeatedly had nightmares about nuclear holocaust.
"But the artist said, "No, I don’t believe you. That can’t be right. Something more personal."
"Nancy thought and thought. Finally it dawned on her. "What I fear most is getting to the end of my life and realizing that I had been too fearful — too careful — that I never really used my talents."
"That’s it," the artist said.
Sermon, St. Augustine’s Church, Croton-on-Hudson
November 12-13, 2005
-"He that had received one" – made his having fewer talents than others a pretense for not improving any. Went and hid his master’s money – Reader, art thou doing the same? Art thou hiding the talent God hath lent thee?"
–John Wesley 1703-1791 Wesley’s Notes on the Bible
See Preston Smiles in this Youtube video tell the story and talk about the key messages of the Parable of the Talents.