Father thank You for breathing life into me. Thank You for another day made possible not by my efforts but only through Your goodness and mercy.
Father You have planted a seed of abundance in my mind and heart, with the understanding that I first must show my ability to handle what I have before more is gifted to me. I must show that I’m content and grateful for what is before me and not merely setting my eyes on more ahead of me.
So I sit in this moment of “good enough” both content and grateful for all that I have around me and in me, and knowing that it is only because of You.
I sit in peace knowing that what You still have for me, what You have nestled in my heart as possibility, the vision that You have created in my mind, will come when You see that I’m ready—not before that time. So until that time I will proudly care for, cherish, and praise the abundance that You have already blessed me with—because it’s more than many have and more than many would hope for, and many would feel too big and too important to be lowered to settle for what You have given me. But I embrace these gifts even more because of these realities.
You have blessed me with more than I had this time last year and I will do my best to care for and protect these blessings as though they are all that I will ever have. Thank You Father for Your everlasting love. In Jesus’ name I praise You and pray to You. Amen.
I look around my home and I have multiple bedrooms and large bathrooms, an open kitchen that I enjoy cooking in with a refrigerator and pantry filled with food; a furnished office with amazing natural light and built-in shelving so that I can display pictures of family and friends; a laundry room by my kitchen for convenience; my master bedroom has a beautiful bed that is comfortable, and furnishings that accommodate my abundance of clothing and accessories; my living room is comfy and inviting, and my dining area is spacious and allows for entertaining; my dog Bishop has multiple sleep and play areas within our home; my deck looks out towards trees and neighbors, while allowing me a level of privacy to read or reflect. I have a garage to park my SUV and store seasonal and other items that I don’t need daily access to.
It’s not as much as what I used to have two years ago, but guess what? It’s good enough. It’s mine.
These are some of the material possessions that God has blessed me with that I’m to be the steward of.
Has he planted a vision of more and greater in my mind?
Yes. But I must show Him how well I care for and appreciate what I have before me. I could be obsessed with what I used to have or with what I would like to have, but I don’t. I look around me and I smile. I’m grateful for all that I have.
So I make up my bed daily, with my layers of pillows and all. I keep my home clean and tidy. I don’t let dishes pile up. I don’t let food waste in bulk (I may forget about the occasional item in one of those drawers).
I keep my car cleaned, fueled and maintained. Shoes are removed upon entering my home so not to track dirt in. I pay my rent and utilities on time. I keep my home smelling fresh and fragrant.
I treat my home and possessions as though they are the most prized—-respectful and humbly grateful for all that God has given me because I know that He didn’t have to—He did it because He wanted to, He trusted me with these things, and I will do everything that I can to care for and show appreciation for these things. Also knowing that tomorrow they could be gone.
How dare I pursue greater if I am a poor steward of what I have now.
I work hard in my career and am focused on working even harder so that I can better care for those things that I have, so that I have the money to pay for maintenance and insurance on my home and SUV, so that one day that vision God has given me becomes my reality—and these same gifts that I have been a steward of can come with me to the next level. You can do that when great care goes into conserving and preserving what you have been given as a gift.
This is merely a reflection on the material gifts God gives, think of the spiritual gifts that you possess in abundance. Think of all of the ways and times He has saved you from physical and spiritual threats. It’s impossible because there have been more times than you can possibly count. But are you grateful? How do you show and express your gratitude? Think about it.
Questions of The Day
1) Are you content and grateful or simply settling, anxiously waiting for more?
2) Look around you and take notice of the things that God has blessed you with. How would you feel and what would you do if you were to lose all of it today?
3) What do you do each day to show your gratitude for the things that God has given you?
4) If when you look around your home and you see clutter, what do you think that tells God? What kind of steward are you?
5) If your vehicle is dirty and cluttered with trash, clothes, and junk—what message are you sending to God? How appreciative are you, really, for this vehicle?
6) If you’re sitting around sulking and depressed about what you don’t have, yet you aren’t caring greatly for what you do have, how can God trust that you can handle and care for more?
7) If you can’t manage $1,000 how can God trust you to manage $100,000 or $1,000,000 or $1,000,000,000?
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