I never said that I would ever understand the objectivity of God's great plan, other than to willingly follow Him. I know the end result. Have you ever read a book that you knew the ending, but you still read it fervently ? Perhaps, we've seen a movie that we know the ending, but still are engaged through every capturing scene of the series of events.
Life is, as my father says, "pretty much a series of surprises," and that guy is a wise fella. I love his witty and profound phrases that he comes with, along with his humor that dryly catches each of us with a laugh. God's great plan, whether we realize it or not, has the ending that will bring Glory throughout all the world, and the glory will be due to Him. Pretty much, that's the bottom line. Total. El fin. However, along the way is the result that we are engaged to do our part.
Some people are gifted with incredible things. We see it everyday as we watch news, read reports, and connect with our friends. Some people are gifted with wisdom and savvy ability to engage the marketplace with billions of dollars a year to report as gains. Sadly enough, people who clear anything over minimum wage seem quickly to forget about the lives of those who live off of less than $2.00 USD a day. Tragically, while those wealthy communities spend thousands of dollars on an expensive name brand purse or tie, I see my loved ones on the hill of Las Lomas go 3 days without running water.
Which is more attractive ?
Tragically, many among our top 10% of the global wealth that care nothing about the poor, which is completely contrary of Scripture would prefer to invest in the $250,000 USD for this purse that is above. How many thousands of people invest in a handbag that emits the symbol of wealth, prestige, and fame, while this bottom picture reveals the harsh reality of how 3/4 of our global population live, below the poverty line. With the $250,000 USD that someone invested in this purse, the gift of investing in lives of people could fund anti-drug campaigns, education systems for children, and spiritual hope found in Christ to bring hope and life to those who are lost.
Pick a purse. Waste your money on something that will never last past your death. Some may say, "I would never spend that much money on a purse," and thankfully so, however, what about that $1500 USD television screen so you can catch the latest pre-recorded posting of the ESPN scores last night? As you program your $2500 USD entertainment system to provide you with the latest inspiring movie on a romantic comedy of how two people end up in bed together, both with their respective spouses at home in their bed, unaware, while a family of 6 sleep in the same bed because they don't have the money to have their own beds, because we spent our money on the entertainment system.
Gifting. Its about where we choose to gift based on our priorities. Its based on our passion, and its based on God's highest and best for our lives. Truly, we look at ourselves and we feel ashamed that we spent the money, but yet, we somehow tuck it away into our drawers or drown out the shame with the latest fashion of the upcoming Autumn colors for clothes in style. Somehow you push out the memories of last year, when you were here among these people in the bottom photograph, crying with them when they told you they couldn't get water for three days and didn't have enough sanitation to drink, then somehow, we remember a phrase,
"You can turn your head away and pretend that you didn't see it, but you can never say that you never knew..."
Gifting. Choose how you will gift. The lives of others depend on it.
My family is choosing how to gift. We desire for our family to always be a family that believes in pursuing Christ's highest and best for our lives. With a precious gift of my daughter, this was a gift from God who has brought us an incredible joy. We didn't put ourselves first, thinking of ourselves, but with the desire to put God's plan for our lives out front. We wanted to have a child to bless God, and to honor Him with our lives. We could have used those funds for ourselves, having nicer clothes, or having a more spacious home to live in, but we believe that God talks about in Proverbs that every child is as gift, and who are we to say that we have control over what God wants for us.
So with a great joy and such a heart full of gratitude, today, we share with the world that another precious gift from God will enter the world into our family on April 18th, 2012.
May Christ get the glory and may Christ be High and Lifted Up and may the train of His Robe fill the temple with Glory. We submit our lives to Him, and the lives of these precious gifts that Christ entrusts to us to care for, until He leads them onward to the calling that He has for them. We are so full of joy and peace for this precious new life that will enter our lives, family, and our community to serve, love, and honor Christ.
May God have the glory as He gives beautiful gifts.
Share your gifts today and change the life of someone near to you. Your decision to turn from inward to outward to focus on the needs of others will change your life forever. You will impact the world for all of eternity by putting others first.