As Advent draws near, our lessons start to focus on preparing for God’s kingdom and His reign on this earth. We’re probably not on “High Alert” status. It might be nice to have clear and specific signs to let us know when Christ will return, but Scripture just instructs us to be watchful, confident that God keeps His promises. With that, we should live with a sense of adventure. Jesus’ parable of the 8 bags of gold reminds us that investing in life means taking risks. There will be an accounting; but also a reward.