Brilliant Thinking!

Feb. 7, 2021

Scripture Readings

Imagine this scenario: You are driving along in your smart car on a wild, stormy night. You pass by a bus stop, and you see three people waiting for the bus: 


  1. An elderly lady who looks as if she is about to die. 
  2. An old neighbour friend who once saved your life when you were a kid. 
  3. The perfect man (or) woman you have been dreaming about. 


Which one would you choose to offer a ride to, knowing that there could only be one passenger in your little car? Think before you answer! This is a one of those ethical dilemmas that was once actually used as part of a job application. 


Caring for the elderly lady or repaying a previous act of kindness were both noble, but you would lose your shot at the love of your life!  


The candidate who was hired (out of 200 applicants) had no trouble coming up with his answer. He answered brilliantly: "I would give the car keys to my old friend, and let him take the lady to the hospital. I would then

 stay behind and wait for the bus with the woman of my dreams." 


The story of the three men also shows the power of brilliant thinking. The man given five bags of gold found a way to grow the treasure to ten. Similarly, the two gold guy ended up with four. Both were highly commended. The single gold guy choose to bury his treasure in the ground in case he lost some of it. It didn’t end well with him.


What matters in life is not the bags of gold we’ve been given but what we do with this life God has blessed us with. Are we thinking well and seeking to expand the impact of our lives or are we sitting on our treasures … making no investment in others?


The life God calls us to is a life of influencing others for the Kingdom. Few things matter more than making a difference with the gifts and treasures God entrusts to us. The fact that we are alive is God’s great gift to us … what we do with our lives is our gift to God.  


Let’s seek to live brilliantly … to make a difference in the lives of others for Jesus’ sake. Who needs your best creative thinking today! Let’s not worry about how many bags of gold we have … let’s just focus on living and serving well!

Ian Trigg

So grateful for those who have made such a difference in my life by thinking brilliantly!