So lately I’ve had a lot of homework. And it’s time to make the report cards for my students. And studying for my boards more, too. Homework + report cards + boards = no time for blogging! I’ve missed it, let me tell you. So, without further ado…
Got something in the mail the other day. It was some outdoor colored bubbles from Crayola. I’d entered a giveaway on Facebook several weeks ago and was one of the 1000 people who received the free sample in the mail. Yay! I know my class will love them – whenever we finally get a warm, sunny day :).
Then I got an e-mail the next day. I’d won a book giveaway from little things + big stuff! The book is called Love and Respect, by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. Now, I’m not married myself, but I know several people who are getting married/just got married, and this book will be perfect for one of them. It will work out well for me, too, since I have a brother to get along with, and I would like to improve my relationship with guys in general. Received it in the mail yesterday and took a few minutes to flip through it. TOTALLY gonna love this thing! I’m already contemplating change… 🙂
You know the old saying, “Things happen in threes”? Guess what? Got another e-mail later that day, from Nursetopia – I’d won a set of Dansko scrubs! Yay!
Should be getting them in the mail any time now just got them in the mail – they’re awesome!!!
I was laying there the night I’d found and responded to the e-mails, thinking, “This book is going to be awesome. I can hardly wait until I have time to read through it! I love the scrubs. Ooh, Lord, if I’m going to get something else, well, it’d be really nice to get a Keurig. Or a new Kitchenaid Stand Mixer. The big one. 7.5 qts, I think it is? *sigh* I wish…”
Then God tapped me on the shoulder. “Are you crazy? Here I am, blessing you with things you wanted (obviously, or you wouldn’t have entered the giveaways), and you’re bemoaning the fact that you didn’t win more? Be thankful for what I’ve given you!” Then He brought to mind something I’d heard before: What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today?
I am blessed. Tremendously blessed. I NEVER win anything; then to win three different things, and find out within 3 days of each other? Amazing. I am going to love the book, I can already tell. And the scrubs are going to be great to wear, and much appreciated that I don’t need to go and buy as many. And the bubbles – my class will ADORE them!
Made me think; I mean, really and truly think. I have SO much more than many people I know. I have a roof over my head, more than one outfit to wear, I’m not suffering from lack of food (as anyone who knows me can easily tell 🙂 ), I have a job, and I have a career that I will get to start soon. I have a wonderful church family, a pastor that is truly anointed, a mom that is one of my best friends, a sister that is also a best friend, and a brother that loves me (even if he tries not to show it too much – lol), and other people that I count as friends. I can walk, see, hear, smell, feel, and talk. I can think clearly and for myself. I have no real addictions (other than a deep love of food) , and any health problems I do have are not nearly as debilitating as they could be; so, I have my health, too.
I have A LOT. There is no reason for me to be ungrateful. There is definitely no reason for me to be wishing for something else than what I was given. I am blessed beyond measure – pressed down, shaken together, running over blessed!
“But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.” Luke 12:48
So, according to this verse, because I am blessed, I need to give. I need to give of my time – volunteering in Sunday School, for church functions, just helping out where needed (like cleaning the bathrooms or picking up trash). Give of my talent – I’m pretty good with kids, so I should do what I can to help out there. Lots of activities, singing, crafts, etc – help those kids feel special, because they are! And, I need to give of my treasure – in this material world, it takes money to do things. In order to bring food to the hungry, it must be either donated or bought; the electricity in the church needs to be paid for; supplies need to be purchased; etc., etc., etc.
To give of what I have is only my “reasonable service (Romans 12:1).” When I give, I’m blessed even more – not because God gives me more in return for my giving, though He always makes sure I have what I need; rather, it is because giving to others – blessing others – blesses me. Seeing the face of a child light up when they learn a story about God -I am blessed. Giving someone who is hungry food for their family – I am blessed. Having the chance to clean out a storage room at the church – I am blessed. Being asked to help keep the bathrooms clean – I am blessed! Having the opportunity to serve God in any way is a blessing, because He doesn’t have to let me help. I am blessed to be used of God in any way, shape, or form; then to be given stuff from giveaways that I’d hoped for but never really expected to win? Doubly blessed!!!
I’m already so blessed, and the Lord chooses to bless me even more… how incredible is my God!
“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:38