Christian living

Work With Just That

“When the Lord blesses me, I will be sure to give to the less fortunate. I have a giving heart.” This is something I once heard someone say. The first thing that came to mind was, “God bless her so she can help others.” The second was, “If she wants to help so badly, what is she doing about it now?”

Often we leave so many things for later when we’re 1. We’re older 2. Richer         3.More settled. However, these are all excuses for us to procrastinate being pro-active about what we want to achieve. We may not have all the resources would like but we have somewhere to start from. For example, if someone would like to help the less fortunate but does not have the money, they can volunteer at a children’s homes or at an old people’s home. Failure to work with the little resources we have at hand is an indication that if we get more, we would still fail at managing them.

Luke 19 vs 15-24: 15 “And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. 16 Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your pound has earned ten pounds.’ 17 And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’ 18 And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your pound has earned five pounds.’ 19 Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’20 “Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your pound, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. 21 For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22 And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. 23 Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’24 “And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the pound from him, and give it to him who has ten pounds.’

From the extract from the parable of the pounds, upon the master’s arrival, the first servant presented to his master what he had done with the one pound he had been given. He multiplied it to ten times its original value. He showed that he was capable of managing little and as a result he was given a lot more. The last servant, however, had no gain. The master took the pound away because he failed to manage it and it was given to the one who could have managed it best. Look where you are and look at your attitude towards life: are you like the first servant, making the best out of what you have or are you, like the last servant, procrastinating, complaining and wasting resources.

do-what-you-can-with-what-you-have.png“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”~ Theodore Roosevelt


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