September 25

The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.” Matthew 25:16-18

I first heard the story told in Matthew chapter 25 regarding money and how to be good stewards when I was a little girl. It is the story of the master and three servants who were all given bags with different amounts of gold in them. The first two made investments with the gold, while the third quickly hid his for safekeeping.

I remember hearing the story as a child and thinking, “I don’t want to be the servant who buries his treasure!” As I hear the story again now, I better understand that there is more to this lesson than just to avoid being the last servant. There are many lessons in this story, including reaping what you sow and wisely using what has been given to you. I can’t help but take a look at the first two servants who “put their money to work” and think to myself, “how do you put your money to work?”

In July 2001, our family received a phone call that would change the course of our lives. The registrar from Hill Country Christian School of Austin called to let us know that someone donated a scholarship for our daughter Kendal to attend kindergarten at Hill Country. We were not familiar with the school at the time, and we hadn’t discussed sending our children to a private school. It was a humbling surprise for us that God would stir someone’s heart on Kendal’s behalf. They chose to put their money into a different type of investment. It has been a journey of many emotions to watch that investment grow exponentially throughout the years.

We watched as God honored the donor’s investment in the school and our family. Kendal grew in wisdom, stature, and favor with both God and men. She graduated from Hill Country in 2015 with an amazing education and a solid biblical worldview. As a community, we have a chance to make an investment in future students by helping build facilities that will have long-standing and eternal impact in our school family and the surrounding community.

Elaine Burleson
Preschool Coordinator; Parent of Alumna, Class of 2015; Parent of Students, Classes of 2019, 2020, and 2023

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