There have been many (MANY) times I have missed a blessing/opportunity because it was presented to me the way I thought it would or should be. Blessings come in so many forms but we don’t always notice them because they don’t ‘appeal’ to us…I know for me, I have all these expectations for how my blessings will appear. More often than not, I’m way off or have missed it completely.
My mom sent me this story; A really good read.
A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he’d admired a beautiful sports car in a dealers showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.
As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study, told him how proud he was to have such a
fine son, and how much he loved him. He handed him a beautifully wrapped
Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found
a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with his name embossed in gold. Angrily, he
raised his voice to his father and said, “With all your money you give me a
Bible?” He stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible behind.
Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He
had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very
old. He thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that
graduation day. But before he could make arrangements, he received a
telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his
possessions to him. He needed to come home immediately and take care of
things. When he arrived at his father’s house, sadness and regret filled his heart. He began to search through his father’s important documents and saw the Bible, new, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began
to turn the pages. His father had carefully underlined a verse,
Matthew 7:11, “And if ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your
children, how much more shall your Heavenly Father which is in Heaven, give
to those who ask Him?” As he read those words, a car key dropped from the
back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealers name, the same dealer who
had the sports car he had desired.
On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words…PAID IN FULL.
How many times do we miss God’s blessings because they are not packaged as
It’s not the substance, media or the weapon that we need to focus on…it’s the people!
Lately it seems like all that is talked about is legalization of one thing or another. Banning one thing or another. Many arguments start over whether or not a law should be passed to allow people to do this or that. But what I wonder is why don’t we focus more on the people and the current state of our society? Everyday we hear/read about shootings, stabbings and people driving their cars into crowds. It’s become painfully obvious that anything in the hands of a person with harmful intent can be used as a weapon…so why this sole focus on guns? The same goes for drugs-no matter how many drugs are banned or illegal it’s the people using them that are the problem. Any drug can be abused yet we hand out prescription drugs like candy and focus so much time and energy and marijuana. Alcohol is legal and look at how that’s working out? The drink isn’t the problem-it’s the person drinking it and whether or not they are choosing to be responsible.
At what point do we realize that nothing changes until people do? Politicians are human as well, so why are we so shocked/angry when they fail and make mistakes or false promises? We all do it, why wouldn’t they? We look to those people for leadership and for the answers…but what are we doing on the front lines of society? Are we helping or hurting? We all spend so much time commenting on one thing or attacking something else. Do we spend as much time doing what we can to stop these things? We talk the talk but are we walking the walk? Parents allow their children to play violent games or watch violent shows, why are we shocked that our children are completely clueless on what life means or what it means when life is taken away? It’s on our tv/movie screens, in our books, in our video games, in our schools and in social media. We think it’s ok to pry into the lives of others and then judge them for what they are doing, but get angry when someone disagrees with what we may think or say.
I often wonder…if we all stopped and thought about what we do or say what changes would occur. We teach our children at a young age to stop and think but somehow that lesson is lost on the way to adult hood. People often criticize me for not speaking more on current issues or for not caring more about bills being passed etc…why should I when I have my hands full with what’s right in front of me? It’s my children that will go out in to this world and have an impact. I understand the big picture thought but when our world is this way we have to start small.
Sometimes it’s about doing what you can to contribute, even the little steps count.
I’m sure many parents can agree with me when I say how frustrating it is to have your kids complain about being bored…especially when they say it to you and you’re busy with 76 things wishing you could stop to catch your breath!
Now thanks to my trusted buddy Pinterest I don’t have to get mad or go through my long drawn out speech, I only need to point to this!
A comment was made from a friend that there should be an ‘S’ for scrubbing toilets! Good idea!