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Everything is God’s

October 19, 2009

10723_656785265458_55713931_38099891_4013055_nAre you like me, and sometimes forget that you don’t own anything?

I forget sometimes that everything I have is on loan and that God is the one who has given me good health, a beautiful family, genuine friendships, an apartment decked out with stuff, a car, his Word, the privilege of living in America, and the ability to use my gifts and talents every day.

It’s easy to be self-focused and think that I have what I own because of my own hands and abilities.

But God says that all I have is from his hand. James 1:17 says that Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Yesterday, I played with my son on the floor for an hour. I watched him carefully place his toys and various objects in the trash can. He would then look at me. One by one, he played this game by himself. He was serious and focused. I laughed over and over because it was so cute. I loved watching his expressions and movements as he learned a little bit more about life.

And it occurred to me once again, that his little life is a gift that I must continually give back to God…

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Anna permalink
    October 19, 2009 3:47 pm

    THis is a great message that I needed to hear, today. Thanks, Samantha!

  2. October 19, 2009 10:17 pm

    Isn’t it silly how quickly we forget this? How quickly we feel like we deserve the things we have because we’ve worked hard, given much, taken time, planned well….the list goes on. I seriously think that God must look down and shake His head at me so many times a day thinking, “When is she going to get it?!”
    I’m glad you had a moment of “getting it” today!

  3. October 20, 2009 9:38 am

    You’re welcome Anna! So glad it was an encouragement to you.

    I feel the same way Rhonda, especially the part you wrote about, “When is she going to get it?!” It’s often that I feel God is saying that to me. It’s such a life long process, isn’t it? I’m thankful we community and each other to remind us of what’s important.

    Beautiful photo by the way!

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