I know the video was a little long, but it really did amaze me how one little dollar could impact so many!
I am a planner. I like to have things organized. So naturally, I had kind of planned out my Christmas gifts ahead of time since I knew I would be in the middle of packing and moving. This year, I figured out that a lot of the sales happened the whole week of Thanksgiving, so I went early in the week and got some good deals. Then by the end of Thanksgiving weekend I (with my mom’s help) had wrapped almost all my gifts. I was feeling pretty pleased with myself.
I once participated in the whole Black Friday extravaganza, and swore that blessed morning that I would never do it again… As I saw everyones posts on Facebook and Twitter about the good finds they had and how people were getting in fights at the Hampton Cove Walmart over sheets (really people?), I could not help but think of the irony in the situation. I mean, really? We just spent a whole day saying how thankful we are and celebrating what we have, to turn around and spend a whole day focusing on what we don’t have? What is wrong with this picture?
This kind of led me to pose the question, “Are we so busy thinking about what we don’t have that we are missing what we do have?” I mean, I know I am guilty as charged too. Even though I was extremely excited when I went home last weekend to get tink tink (my car) a new timing belt and such, I just feel differently this year. I feel so blessed to have a family that cares about me. My mom is healthy. I have great friends in my life that sit in the gap for me when I need prayer or help discerning things…they have been amazing! I know they are a little unhappy that I am moving, but I also know they have been more than supportive in knowing that I need to follow where I am being led, throwing me a dinner to celebrate my new job and hooking me up with people they know in Bham. I also have friends and mentors who don’t necessarily have more faith than me but have the same kind of faith as me…That is a true treasure. It is such a blessing to have people I can text to ask for prayers during a certain meeting and they don’t have any problem standing in agreement with me on things that are true. So I say all of that to say,…gifts are nice and all, but really and truly, I feel so blessed to have gifts that can’t be bought.
This week I was reading in Matthew 25 about the parables of the wise and foolish bridesmaids and then also the parable of the talents…I was finding a common thread in those… The people in those stories who were prepared to give their all were the ones who were blessed. If you aren’t faithful with the little things you have, then why would you be faithful with big things? That man in the video serves this point. Jesus was the kind of person that was all in…He was prepared. He changed things. He was the game changer. When he was born, it changed everything for me and for you. I mean from that moment on I had God with me, Immanuel. I feel like that should really change the way we look at our everyday life…but so many times we end up focusing on what we don’t have and we forget the simple, but great truth of what we do have. We can do so much with so little. I mean that both with money and with the little fact that we have Christ in us. There are things we can conquer just from the sheer fact that God is with us. We can use what little resources we have to make a big impact because God is with us and can take $1 way farther than we could ever think it would go.