-2 Corinthians 8:12 (New International Version)-
Note: This scripture seems to have been an important one in my thoughts the past month, thus, two blogs have been dedicated to the concepts.
Rather than feel sad and depressed, I decided to think about what I could learn in this situation. However, at times, I did feel a little anxious. Even so, I tried to focus on the positive and times past where I received unexpected blessings.
As I prayed and pondered, I decided to eat what I had in my cupboards, use what art supplies I had already bought, and rummage through my storage bins to see what new gadgets I had purchased that I could possibly give as Christmas gifts. Amidst my uncertainty, I felt like a kid on a scavenger hunt!
Intially, the cupboard food did not look so great, I seemed to need a few other art supplies, and I didn’t feel sure that I would have decent Christmas gifts for my entire family. Meanwhile, I heard my still small voice whisper, “Use what you have.” I felt determined to listen.
Over the next few weeks, I continued my journey. Although most of my food did not taste that great because my provisions were not my first choice, I felt grateful to have somewhat of a meal. I also discovered that in the past rather than finish what I have, I often go out, buy more, and waste.
Likewise, I realized the same message about my art supplies and gifts. I had a lot of items that were brand new. Rather than get more stuff like I had done in the past, I recognized that I needed to utilize that which I already own. I had more than enough!
When I thought further about this notion, I grasped the magnitude of this message. While I didn’t like to think of myself in these terms, I recognized the truth. This concept of a lack of use seemed to have deeper meaning. I wondered, How much else have I wasted in my life? I even considered this idea in terms of my talents and abilities. As I reflected further, as if to respond to my still small voice I stated, “Yes, I have more than enough!”
With this revelation, I decided that for the new year, I would adopt my still small voice mantra. “Use What I Have” would be my motto. Moreover, I hoped that my insight might not be just a revelation but create a revolution.
In retrospect, this apparent lack of materialistic goods actually became another surprise blessing. Indeed, I felt as if I had one of my best scavenger hunts. In fact, I think that I happened to find some real buried treasure!