I knew I would learn something new when Pastor Seth Winterhalter preached on the parable of the talents from Matthew 25. A "talent" is a measure of weight, like silver. A talent of silver would have been about twenty years of wages.
Here are some thoughts:
God is in control of the harvest. I am in charge of how hard I work. I will not be judged by my fruitfulness. I will be judged by how I use my abilities.