The Gifts In My Hands

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God challenged me last Saturday.

For most of the day I had attended a conference called Empower. It was a great conference, very impactful! It covered some hard realities in the world. At home, during the evening, I was practicing flute- nothing out of the ordinary. But God posed a question, based off what I had heard at Empower.

“What are you going to do?”

This stopped my in my tracks. What was I going to do? “Lord,” I thought, “what do you mean? I’m young. I can’t do anything…”

However, He wasn’t content with my answer. He challenged me to really look at my flute and think about “what” I could do with it. I could have a career through it, take it on mission trips, play for others, give lessons.  There were all these things I could do (I can do). And God took it a step further. He made me think about everything He’s enabled me to do. Schoolwork hit me hard. For the past two weeks, I’ve been feeling unmotivated–despite getting to focus more on my passions of music, literature and writing during my senior year.  (It’s weird because I’ve always loved school.)

Then He struck me with a thought. Here’s where my perspective took a 180. A child in poverty can’t do these things. It’s not like he doesn’t want to.  He can’t.

Oh, my goodness. This knocked me down.

God tapped my shoulder. “I have given you SO much. Look how I have blessed you. What are YOU going to do with it?”

Luke 12:48b says, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (NIV)

School, term papers, music practice, soccer, dance, theater, baseball etc.—these are all hard things. It’s a lot of hard work to achieve in all of these things. To really succeed in them, to become an expert in them takes a lot of effort. But God has given you these things. Including school. Yes, really! Don’t go through your day moaning and groaning over your English paper, your math test, and how school stinks. Try to imagine that other people, never have the opportunity to go to school- at all, EVER.

I’m not trying to make you feel bad.

Just ponder how privileged you are, we are, to live in a first world country. To be free. To be safe. To go to school, play sports, and pursue college. We can be nurses, doctors, teachers, carpenters, dancers, musicians, authors, scientists, sociologists…WE are truly a blessed people. Our today and tomorrow is filled with endless opportunities and possibilities.

So, give thanks for everything the Lord has placed in your outstretched hands and challenge yourself! Work hard at what God has given you. Don’t mope your way through it, but strive to give it your all.   

Look at all you’ve been given. All He has given you.  

What are you going to do with it?

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Amanda Joy



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