Our pastor made a statement Sunday that caused me to become quite introspective.
“It’s not what you have, it’s what you do with what you have.”
At seventeen years old I became financially independent out of high school. My options were limited due to circumstances beyond my control. College like most of my friends? Or a job that would provide a roof over my head and food on the table. While torn, the answer was dictated by necessity.
After a brief stint in college I went to work. No complaints, I’ve done well and am thankful for the lessons I’ve learned. Looking back I wouldn’t change much.
Yesterday my work landed me on the campus of LSU. In a meeting with a pastor of a student ministry, we were surrounded by students cramming for exams. In the house where we met two students were sleeping on different ends of a sectional sofa, both oblivious to the noise. Rumbles came from the microwave in the kitchen as another student prepared food. Buttons clicked from the various computers in the room as information was being studied. My flashback was unavoidable. Fighting the urge to ask, I wondered, “Do they know what they have? The privilege of going to college? The position of a great education? The experience of student life?” It dawned on me that those students were very fortunate. My silent prayer was that each one would realize it.
This time of year is a perfect time to reflect on what you have. Not what you wish you had, but what is right in front of you. A home. A family. Health. Money in the bank. Food on the table. A job. Gifts. Talents. The warm sunshine. The sounds of the Christmas season.
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus, do we truly understand what we have as the result of His birth? I don’t know about you but forgiveness of my sins alone is reason enough to jump for joy for the rest of my life. Add to that eternal salvation of our souls. The gentle Spirit of Jesus as our Guide as we seek to do life well. Divine intervention in everything we do. A purpose for our life. His love to permeate our family. The Bible to read of His wonderful promises and of the history of His relentless love of His people. Wow, Merry Christmas.
This is the season to realize what we have. To embrace what we have been given and to spend the next few days meditating on what it all really means. Don’t let this season pass without giving this wonderful gift to yourself.
Positions and privileges. There is tremendous power in realizing what we have. Then knowing what to do with what we have, well that is just a bonus that gives our life meaning and purpose. Today’s pick of the day.