So I'm watching Undercover Boss with my brother (seriously the best show) and I am bawling as this guy is giving out cars left and right. I’m sitting there thinking about how I want to do that one day. I want to be able to buy people houses, get them a car, send them on a family vacation, pay for their schooling, etc. So the next day I am driving and thinking about how I can’t wait until I make a whole bunch of money so I can bless people . And then, there it goes, the still, small, and sometimes annoying voice asking me, "what’s in your hands?" Ummm... well I don’t think He was referring to the steering wheel. Then I hear it again. "Why should I bless you with more when you aren't even using what you have now to bless people?" Yikes, He cut no corners with that one but got straight to the heart of the issue. If I am not being generous with what I do have now, why would I think I would ever be generous when I have a lot of money?
What has God blessed you with right now? Maybe you have extra time, or a great singing voice. Maybe God gave you business skills and you could use them to help your neighbor start a company. Maybe you are a great cook and you could bake for the homeless. Maybe you could use the money that you usually spend on your coffee to bless someone.
What I realized is that I need to be faithful in the little things. I need to remember that God put me here for a purpose. He gave me special gifts and resources so that I can help out my brothers and sisters. Sure, maybe right now I'm still in school and I don't have the money to go out and buy someone a house, but what I do have is the ability to open my hands and give everything I am and everything I have to those around me.
We have a God who loves us dearly and wants to take care of us! He wants to bless us! But God cannot bless you with more when your fists are tightly grasped onto the little that you do have. If someone gives you a cup and fills it up halfway and then you put a lid on your cup to save and protect the water, that seems like a great smart idea. But what if someone's trying to give you more water? The new fresh water will be blocked by the lid and you will loose out on having a full, fresh, and overflowing cup. If we hold too tightly to what we have, there is no way we will ever be able to grab hold of what He wants to give us.
I love 1 Peter 4:7, "the end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies-in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen."
You were not made to stay in a box! Let your gifts out, the world desperately needs them. And join me in the challenge to try and hold my hands open a little more with the faith that He will always provide.