In today's parable of the talents, Jesus talks about life; life in the sense of growth. We are always growing, but it is the manner and direction of our growth that counts.
Are we growing inward, becoming more and more self centred or are we growing outwards, our world view becoming larger and our love increasing?
It is so easy to live in fear, never risking anything. But Jesus calls us to risk in life, not to be afraid. I often wonder what Jesus would have said had the man with five talents lost them all in his investments. I think Jesus would have said, "at least you tried."
It is the people who won't even try that Jesus condemns, the ones who are so comfortable that they see no need to exert themselves for others. Cocooned in their own wee world they miss the beauty of failure and growth. They play safe and lose so much.