It seems I have been doing a lot of griping lately – not enough of this, too much of that; not enough room, not enough time – the litany goes on and on.
Abundance brings its own headaches and issues.
I do live in a world of abundance and it is an intentional understanding of abundance, for the most part. I believe that when I begin to hold onto things, just in case; when I begin to hoard, far less is received.
This is lived out every week at Trinity Food Ministry Pantry. I try to give, and give, and then give some more. Still, the larder seems full, space is limited. So, I gripe.
But I have a friend – Gwen. She is such a friend that she is comfortable yanking my chain, pulling me up short when I complain.
And so, she did recently. After listening to me for a good while, she asked, “What’s the rest of that verse “much will be given?” Well, I couldn’t recall right off the top of my head, so I asked my other friend, “Google” if she knew. Of course, she did.
“From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.”
Gwen said, “yeah, that’s it. That’s what I was thinking while you were talking. You have a lot, you owe a lot.”
See what I mean? Gwen stopped me short.
Immediately, I offered a short prayer of thanksgiving. Then, I followed that up by asking that God help me so that I did not become complacent in my abundance.
There is always a lesson, isn’t there?
Today, I am thankful for Gwen and for abundance.