Monthly Archives: November 2011

My piggy bank is too small

There is a local community event where I live that revolves around a massive finger football tournament.  Well, my wife happened to read on Facebook that one of our church families (who are very involved in that event) were there with their 5-year-old daughter.  She had heard that there were prizes for finalists…so she asked, “Do I get a dollar if I win?”  Her mother informed her that the 1st place prize was $750!  To this realization the young girl responded, “Oh….well I don’t think that would fit in my piggy bank.”

Now, I’ll give you a second to respond like my wife and I did…and probably everyone else that read it.

“Awwww…..that’s so cute!”

Moments after hearing this a thought came to my mind.  This is exactly where some people are in their understanding of God and His love & grace.  I would suggest that many people really struggle with the magnitude of incredible promises & gifts God has for us.  And in relation to this little girl’s piggy bank, many of us place limitations on our ability or capacity to receive all that God desires to bless us with.  Look at this verse:

Praise the Lord!  How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands.  Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.  They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever.     Psalm 112:1-3 (NLT)

Wow!!!  Successful everywhere?  Entire generation blessed?  Wealthy?  Sounds like a piggy bank the size of Fort Knox!  But it’s not!  It’s less of an issue of our capacity to receive His blessings, and much more our willingness to accept them with His love.

Do you know what God wants for your life?  He has plans for you…hope and a future.  What are you waiting for?  His promises are real and plenty.  But you do need to decide if you will accept them…or refuse them.  Choose wisely and your piggy bank will burst under pressure!   

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God is along for the ride

Have you ever taken your child (or someone much younger than you) on a roller coaster ride?  Most of the time, especially if it’s their first experience on one, they are terrified!  They are dragging their feet, screaming, and even biting to avoid this apparent doom.  But as adults, we know that it’s just a thrill ride…right?  After about 2 minutes everything is over.  Everything is just fine.  And we ask the question, “Why can’t they trust me?  I’m right here with them.” 

We tend to react to certain difficulties in our lives the same way, don’t we?  As we get closer and hear the commotion and screaming from others who have gone only moments before us, we start dragging our feet…pulled by the inevitability of life.  And all the while, our Father in Heaven is leaning over holding our hand saying…

Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.
 I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.     Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)

He longs for you and I to be courageous.  He deeply desires for us to be optimistic, trusting, and sure of our security in His arms.  Like the roller coaster, God knows how it ends up.  He knows you’ll make it through.  Yes, parts might be rough or scary…but it will make you stronger.

Whatever ride you are approaching or are on right now…please know this.  God is victorious in everything.  He always wins!  And He is just waiting to  ‘hold you up’ over His head as you journey down the exit ramp..…together.

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