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Date: 11.29.17
Everybody’s Holding Something in Their Hand

My mom has a pillow with some of my grandmother’s favorite words from Theodore Roosevelt stitched on it: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
What Roosevelt was saying is that everyone is holding something in their hand to accomplish something good right where they are. But that isn’t always how we feel, right?

Sometimes we focus so much on what we don’t have that we start to believe that we aren’t holding anything at all in our hand to accomplish something worthwhile. We think living a significant life and doing good for God is for other “blessed” people who have more gifts, money, time, talents, or expertise.

When we compare what we are holding in our hand to what someone else is holding in theirs, or we start to focus on what we don’t have, it will keep us from accomplishing our purpose. Comparisons and negativity always destroy vision and hope for the future.

True, I don’t have what my neighbor has, but they don’t have what I have. You may be a better fundraiser; I may be a better painter. Your sister may be a great dancer, but you can sing like nobody’s business. We have all been given something to make a difference for God. Everyone is holding something in their hand.

Many years ago, I became acquainted with a young man who worked as a help desk technician at a large computer company. Every day customers with hardware and software problems called and this bright guy would help them fix their issue.  He did the same job as all the other call center techs that he worked with, but there was something unique about him . . . he was blind, and had been from birth.

I once saw him at his workstation. He was talking on the phone to a customer, and typing away while sitting in front of a black computer screen. He had never seen a computer, had no idea what a motherboard looked like, and couldn’t see what he was typing on the screen. But he didn’t let that stop him from doing something with his life.

This guy could have sat around complaining. He could have decided that he would never accomplish anything because he couldn’t see. But he didn’t. Instead, he decided to use the other gifts he does have.

Everyone is holding something in their hand. You are holding something in yours. What is it? How has God blessed you? Do people come to you to help them solve personal problems? Do you know how to paint? Can you speak a foreign language? Are you compassionate? Funny? Organized? Ask God how you can use what He has given you for His glory and to help others. Don’t get so focused on what you don’t have that you let it stop you from doing something good for God.

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. (1 Peter 4:10)

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6 thoughts on “Everybody’s Holding Something in Their Hand

  1. Thanks for the reminder Shana, that God has entrust everyone of us with a specific gift or talent that World in need of.

  2. Hi Shana!

    Envy is the enemy of Joy.
    Joy begins with Gratitude.
    Gratitude is the catalyst of a servant’s heart.
    A servant’s heart brings Joy to the Lord.
    The Lord is worthy of all Honor and Glory.

    Blessings, Ron

  3. I ask myself this almost every day, and pray that God gives me something in my hand for the day. Other times I feel depressed and dwell on the gifts I lack. I don’t have the right experience or skills, so I went back to school. After 4 layoffs, I went back to school again and again trying to be… Trying to matter… And I still haven’t figured it out. I feel like I must have messed up somewhere in life because I’m not aware of any talents or special skills.

  4. I so needed to hear this today. I am feeling “less than” other women who attract the right men and are in a relationship. I am nothing but the girl who every man I encounter just thinks I’m the one that should be the sex partner.

    You are so fortunate Shanna. I am 48 years old, never been married, passed up on the good guys, and have had nothing but one disastrous relationship after another. I give up. I will never meet a good Christian man who loves me, cherishes me, and accepts me exactly as I am.

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  • Thanks for the reminder Shana, that God has entrust everyone of us with a specific gift or talent that World in need of.

  • Hi Shana!

    Envy is the enemy of Joy.
    Joy begins with Gratitude.
    Gratitude is the catalyst of a servant’s heart.
    A servant’s heart brings Joy to the Lord.
    The Lord is worthy of all Honor and Glory.

    Blessings, Ron

  • I ask myself this almost every day, and pray that God gives me something in my hand for the day. Other times I feel depressed and dwell on the gifts I lack. I don’t have the right experience or skills, so I went back to school. After 4 layoffs, I went back to school again and again trying to be… Trying to matter… And I still haven’t figured it out. I feel like I must have messed up somewhere in life because I’m not aware of any talents or special skills.

  • I so needed to hear this today. I am feeling “less than” other women who attract the right men and are in a relationship. I am nothing but the girl who every man I encounter just thinks I’m the one that should be the sex partner.

    You are so fortunate Shanna. I am 48 years old, never been married, passed up on the good guys, and have had nothing but one disastrous relationship after another. I give up. I will never meet a good Christian man who loves me, cherishes me, and accepts me exactly as I am.

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