Nobody gets to choose the life that they are given. However, they choose what comes after they are born into their inheritance on this earth.
Not only do we inherit the life that our ancestors have built before us, but the life we build will be the life that our grandchildren inherit from us. What if we all realized this and grasped this reality? What life would those who come after us inherit? Will they have an advantage or a disadvantage in this world and in their life?
There is no need to feel guilty for the life we have been given. The life we get is whatever was built before us. Sometimes life is more difficult for some, and other times it’s easier. I am not saying that life is fair, in fact I make it very clear to my children that life’s not fair. It’s a life lesson they need to learn now so that they might be grateful for God’s favor in their life, and so they don’t get discouraged by the injustices in this world.
Whether life is fair or not, we still have a choice on how we are going to address the injustices in this world, and we always need to look to God for our strength and guidance. Even in the brokenness, or the abundance, we always have a choice as to what we do with the life we have been born into. The beauty of this story is that we are all creators, just like our Heavenly Father, in what comes next and what we do with the life that we essential are inheriting.
God calls us to live accordingly to what we have been given. To use what He gives us and to multiply what we’ve been given. The beauty of God is His mercy and understanding. Even though life isn’t fair, and none of us are born with an equal amount of money, or opportunity, God has mercy and grace for us. He never expects us to live, or give, out of a life or resources that we do not have available to us. The should empower us and encourage us to keep doing our best in this journey called life.
God only asks that we be generous with what we have been given. We all have a choice on what comes next. Greed not only consumes our thoughts with money, but also our time, gifts, and in every area of our life. When we are consumed with how much more we can get then we have no idea all that we have to offer this world. NO matter what life we are born into, the goal is the same, to live a life of generosity and intentionality.
What can we give?
- We can give our talents. Is there any talent or spiritual gift you are holding back? Recently I joined a freelance website in order to use give my 12 years of experience in in the online world to others. It occurred to me what a blessing it is to find someone to help you that actually knows what they are doing. Sometimes it’s difficult to find that in this world. If we have a knowledge or a talent that we can offer to someone else then I am firm believer in making that available to people who will use that talent without taking advantage of us. On the flip side I have been in situations where I wanted to give my knowledge and talents to people and they wanted nothing to do with me. We need to most definitely have boundaries. There is wisdom in not giving our “pearls to the pigs.” Sometimes people will not value your time, talents, or even your generosity. There is no need to be sad about people who reject your gifts, it’s always best to simply walk away from the rejection. Holy Spirit would never snuff out the light that is within you.
- We can serve others. Sometimes I have to be really intentional about this one. But when I quiet my mind and approach God to ask how I can serve those around me, He gives me new ideas all the time. If my kids or husband are feeling discouraged I will try find ways to serve them because discouragement is something designed to hold us back, snuff out our light, and to make us feel hopeless in every moment.
- We can give encouragement. I think the number one thing I looked for when I was a child, and even now as an adult, is for someone to see the good characteristics that reside in me and to simply encourage me to live a life abundant in those good things. Discouragement, criticism, complaining, and judgmental hearts and words are every where. I read this article on gossip and it was truly convicting on how when we gossip about others it is something that not only affects the person we are talking about but also our own heart and mind. Whenever we have nothing but words that are full of pride, complaint, criticism, and judgement then more than likely that’s how we see ourselves, too. When we give encouragement we are not only changing our view of other people, but also how we view ourselves.
This morning I went to the bank and I overhead one of the tellers tell the customer in front of me that her boyfriend had recently passed away. It made me think about how can we stare into the eyes of death on a regular basis and not realize that a lot of life is wasted on things that don’t really matter in the life to come. What a tragic event to lose someone you care so deeply about. Time flies, and one thing I have learned is that there will never be enough time, but I am sure that bank teller would give anything to have one more hour with her boyfriend. We can’t hold onto life, at some point we need to let go. But can I encourage you to stop dwelling on the lack, or abundance in life, and start focusing on the legacy that we are building for future generations? We can rise above all injustices, and unfair events or circumstances in this world. I truly feel that’s the best way we can honor the ones we loved and lost way too soon and under unfair circumstances.
When we focus on today we realize that today is the only opportunity we have to be generous. Today is the only opportunity we have to create the life that is pleasing to God, and that is a benefit to others.
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