The Truth is You've Got What It Takes

I had to get several items from the grocery store. After winding through every aisle, I still came up short a few items that were out of stock. So off I went to Walgreens to wander and search some more, trying to get everything I needed. But I couldn't remember that one last thing. Don't you hate it when that happens? So I asked God to help me remember what I still needed to get to fulfill my list. My Holy Spirit reminder came up right after I had swiped my credit card: hand sanitizer! 

Too late now! Yet again I didn't get what I needed. I got to the car and God said, "Why don't you check the middle console?" So I did, down bellow a million random artifacts I reached my hand and, lo and behold, there was a FULL bottle of hand sanitizer! (All the germaphobes rejoiced!!) I wasn't expecting this to be a teaching moment, but God uses all things!

Then I felt God lovingly whisper,

"You keep striving to get something I have already given you. Use the gifts I have given you so I may refine them and grow them according to My Will. Then you will fulfill the good plans I have for you."

I don't know what you keep striving to get. Maybe it's worldly accolades or accomplishments. Maybe it's what she has. Maybe it's that boy's attention. Maybe it's someone's approval. Maybe it's your own approval. I'm right there with you, I've strived to get all of it. Worst of all, I consistently belittle my own gifts and talents because I struggle with believing the lie that what I have to give is not good enough. Striving to be anything other than who you are will always leave you unfulfilled.

What I do know, is that God has already given you what you need to be fulfilled and to fulfill His good plans for you. So stop searching and striving, and trying to get whatever, because you've already got every good thing Jesus intended for you. Now you just need to give Him your faith and use what you've got.

In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success. - Proverbs 3:6

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