Seeds in my Hand

18 Feb

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Comparison – you see it everyday in every aspect. We have brands competing for our money, real estates agencies competing for our houses. We have people comparing jobs, houses, wealth, looks, strength, even spouses/partners. It is ridiculous but a hidden reality that plays in our mind daily.

I am the perfect example of someone who should never compare. I have never been the most talented or blessed in one aspect of life; but rather skilled in lots of little things. I’ve never been the most good looking, strongest, best sportsperson, speaker, dancer, chef, artist or whatnot. If I were to compare myself, it would inevitably and ultimately lead to my failure (and to most of you too). It would be a tragedy if that were to happen because (future speaking) I was not able to see what I could do with myself and what I have due to the attitude of “someone does it better”.

I’m sure you have heard the parable of Talents or Bags of Gold; if not, here it is below.

 

Matthew 25:14-30  (NIV)

The Parables of the Bags of Gold

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness! “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you. “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

 

With that story in mind, I used to believe that this was unfair, because the Master didn’t equally give everyone the same amount of Gold/Talents. However, in retrospect, that’s life. We all don’t have the same amount of money, same personalities or same abilities. We all have grown up in different situations and faced different challenges. In saying so, God’s measure of blessing is not through what someone initially has but He blesses those that obey, despite everything that has occurred. It was unfortunate that the man with the least, failed to realize what he could do with what he had. Thinking about it, he probably compared what his one bag of gold to the other’s three. five bags and became so intimidated by fear; deciding to bury it, leading to his falling out. 

This brings me to the idea of what we should be training ourselves to think of, instead of comparison. 

What are you going to do with what you have, who you are, your skills, your attributes and your strengths

What are you going to do with what’s in ;your hand? I know that I can point out a skill, a talent or anything that causes someone to be extraordinary. It’s simply the matter of giving them the opportunity to display that. One of the greatest things I love to witness in life, is looking at someone and not thinking much initially (I know I shouldn’t be judging!!) and having them prove me wrong by blowing me away when they are in their element and zone. It’s happened to me many times through watching basketball or hearing someone sing. It’s incredible seeing their hidden talent come to life. The best part of this is we serve a God who knows everything about us and is looking to call us out with a plan that is perfectly tailed made and suited for us. Better yet, God wants to elevate us by being strong in our weakness, and sharpening our strengths.

Psalms 139:13 (NIV)

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”

Comparison is one of the most deadly, silent killers in our society today. Start having the mindset of what can you do with what you have. Doing so, you’ll witness the seeds in front of you growing and opportunities coming as you obey. I know I need to adapt this thinking more and more in my life; especially when I have a God that wants me to do great things!

 

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2 Responses to “Seeds in my Hand”

  1. Shelly February 18, 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    Comparison leads to discontentment. When we spend our time focusing on what others have or can do rather than what we have been given takes our eyes off of the Lord and what He has already blessed us with. May we keep our focus on Him and not on what others have. Be blessed today and find a way to bless someone else.

    • jamesmoody12 February 18, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

      Thank you for that response! Definitely leads to discontentment!

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