The Gospel for the day explains that there will come a time when people are held accountable for their lives. The precise time may not be known, but the accounting will be certain. There is a certain amount of risk involved in trying to live according to God's will. When we help others or try to do what is best for others, we must give our time, our money, and ourselves. We may have to change our attitudes and our life-styles. Of course, we may decide to eliminate the risk and not help others. It was inactivity, failure to take a risk for someone else, which brought condemnation on the man of the parable. God has given us many gifts to be used during our lifetime. We are accountable to God as to how we live and how we grow - how we use his gifts. The parable speaks of the action of the men almost as one would speak of a muscle of the body. The one who exercises the muscle will be able to do more with that muscle. The one who fails to use the muscle will eventually lose its use. Some of us may believe we have received few significant talents. However we have received life from God and forgiveness and new life in Christ. We have also received the gifts of the Holy Spirit which are listed in Gal. 5:22, as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control As God's people we can use the gifts God has given us in our lives. God has also given us an arena in which to exercise these gifts. We have our family, friends, our neighborhoods, or country, our world. God has made us his people through his creation and redemption. As his people we are responsible for what we do or fail to do. We are to live, not withdraw; what we do for other people affects our relationship with God. Each day our lives are shaped and molded by what we do and how we understand ourselves. God has blessed us with all that is necessary for life and growth. How will we use God's gifts?