Wednesday, April 16, 2014
What is In Your Hand?
“A staff,” he replied. The LORD said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. Then the LORD said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. “This,” said the LORD, “is so that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.” With that staff, Moses executed some of the flashier miracles that can be found in Scripture including the parting of the Red Sea. Are you in money trouble? Are you looking for a job? Do you want to start a saving program so you can retire before you die? Do something today because there will be a tomorrow. If not for you, then for someone you love. Start with what is in your hand. Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity. Take what is in your hand. Start a conversation with God about your dreams, your goals, and your problems. Ask God for wisdom. He has promised he will give wisdom to any who ask for it. Then take action. Do something that makes sense. If you are in debt, don’t borrow any more money. Then begin to pay it off. If you want a job, start networking. Six degrees of separation is a silly party game based on the theory “that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.” (Wikipedia) While there is some evidence this may in fact be true, the jury is still out. Sufficiently bored mathematicians may ultimately proof six degrees of separation is an urban myth. However, you are certainly only six degrees of separation away from millions of people, one of whom may hold the key to a new life. If you believe in a God who is there and not silent, you are only two degrees of separation away from your answer. If you want to begin an investment program, open a savings account. Once you have an emergency fund in place, buy some shares in a low cost index fund. Presto! Chango! You are now an investor. You can’t get where you want to go unless you are moving towards that goal. You can’t steer a ship that isn’t moving. Start with a goal you can control. I will not buy that latte. I will send that $5.00 to the credit card company. I will contact three friends today about potential job openings. I will fill out two job applications every week until I find a job. I will put $5.00 in my savings account every day. With electronic banking, that is a possibility. Don’t think about what you can’t do. What you can’t do is of no interest or value to anyone, including yourself. One time Jesus and his disciples were out in a boat. The disciples forgot to bring along any bread. They only had one loaf in the boat and they were worried. Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied. “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.” He said to them, “Do you still not understand?” A little kid with a bag lunch containing five loaves and two fishes turned what was in his hand over to Jesus. After the Lord fed 5,000 men plus an unknown number of women and children, there were twelve baskets left over. Left over money, what a concept! It is possible you know. It is only money. It is the subject I write about, but this works for issues of life that are far more important than money. Start today. Start with what is in your hand. Keep moving towards your goal. Let God take care of the rest. Amen.