Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Free Hand-Outs

This morning I was feeling really resentful of people who I think "have everything handed to them."
If you’re like me, someone immediately popped into your head at that phrase. I think of some that I know who have that great job that they got through that family member, or that somehow managed to find an incredible deal on their car/house/etc.

I then began thinking about everything in my life that isn’t “going my way” at the moment, and comparing myself to those people.

Just as quickly as the train of thought started, I was hit with a conviction;

Everything I have has been handed to me.

It is only by the grace of God that I am sitting in this chair, breathing air, and writing a blog.

It is by the grace of God that I have a warm place to sleep at night, a job to go to in the day, and family to come home to.

I have done nothing to deserve these things.

When I compare these blessings to the ones that others have received, it does not diminish the blessings, but it takes my eyes off of my God who gave them to me.

Every day I am given free hand-outs from God.
Now the question is how I can use them every day for His glory.
Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.
James 1:17


  1. I very much like this. A good read for someone (me) who struggles with this thought a lot. Even on the days that I remember God handed me everything, the two thoughts are difficult to connect.

    I love the way you anchored everything with James 1:17.

    Thanks :)

  2. Great thoughts from a great wife! I'm so blessed!