“Because this is truly the best part: These life-altering changes
are an amazing legacy, a gift to every daughter and granddaughter—
those who grace your life today and those yet to be born.” – Suze Orman, Women & Money
Who woulda thunk it? A nice little nugget in the beginning pages of a financial empowerment book. Granted, her book is directed at teaching women to be financially smart, but she speaks to a much deeper concept – that of not settling.
How deep would it be if we recognized the truth of her above statement in every mistake we made? If we realized that the lessons to be gleaned from every experience wasn’t for us, but for the generations AFTER us? That every time you functioned in fear, worry, anxiety, or complacency that you were cutting off a major growth opportunity for someone else?
“Life-altering changes” are simply moves of faith. When you walk, eyes open, into unknown and un-chartered territory. When all you know for certain is the beginning, you have no idea what the middle will hold, but you believe in the end. That sounds like it’d make for a much more interesting story than the one that anyone can write. Title: “I did what everyone else did when everyone else did it cause it was the safest thing to do and there was no risk involved, plus everyone was doing it so it must have been right although I was miserable because there had to be more.”
Personally, I’d rather tell my future kids an impactful and effectual story rather than a typical one that they can hear anywhere.
I really had to think about that “passion” vs. “gift” thing. I’m passionate about a couple things and would work hard at them and do them for free. But my GIFT, on the other hand, flows like water when I respect it. Ain’t no real work in it if I’m honest.
Everyone has a gift in some aspect. You were given it before you were even here. Let me reiterate…you. were. given. it.
You can squander it. You can ignore it. Or you can grow it, fertilize it, expand it.
You may never have considered it because it just seemed so natural.
What kinda doofus doesn’t like getting gifts? I have a feeling that one day we’ll start seeing Christmas marketing start in August/September simply because of the idea of “gift giving”. Buy the kids school clothes and pick up a present. Or just maybe that’s a clue as to why. We run around grabbing what we can off of shelves and racks and off of floors in hopes that the recipient will appreciate it – and possibly reciprocate (in kind…cause who wants less than they’ve given?). Some people won’t accept gifts for just that reason. Because there seems to be a string attached. If Petey gives me a gift, won’t I have to give him one back? Oooh noooo…I don’t think so…what does he want from me anyway?
And that’s a lot of reason as to why we won’t operate in our gifts. Because if I actually start using this thing, I’ll be responsible for something. Anything. “It’s my gift…why do I have to share it with YOU? Mine! Mine! Mine!”
Our church started a bible study called “His Law and His Grace” using the Ten Commandments. Maybe another day I’ll get into the Hebrew name of those and how the word law is really not the most fitting translation.
When we become believers, all of a sudden we start to see how everything wrong unfolded in our lives. We read and study and get more dejected because we see this crazy list of “don’t dos” that we’ve done most of already! Try as we might to live up to everything listed but there’s no way. No one can, but we keep trying and suddenly it’s like our hands, lives, souls get tied to this idea of never being able to come from under that weight. So we either look back and say what we had wasn’t so bad and give up on the walk; OR we live in perpetual misery that we’ll never get it right. Neither is true or what He planned when he was talking then.
As I started going through Exodus 20:1-17, I got stuck on what God said even before he started ripping off the commandments!
Verses 1-2: God spoke all these words: “I, the Lord, am your God, who brought you from the land of Egypt, from the house of slavery.
Knowing how to say YES is much different from believing that He’s always saying NO. How in the world did the “law” become bondage when God CLEARLY states in these two verses that HE is the God who brought them OUT of bondage?!?! So He was just the type of God who would take them outta one crappy situation to stick them in a worse one?!?? It’s like making God out to be sadistic.
And ain’t that what the serpent did with Eve ; what he did and keeps doing…trying to make God out to be what he isn’t.