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Taking Care of God's Gift

Taking Care of God's Gift

By:  Mission Team June 13, 2021
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So, I have noticed that I am a person who loves to take care of my stuff. I am borderline OCD about it… Okay I'm OCD about it. I don’t know exactly what it is, but even when I would get a new soccer ball, I would be so annoyed when I scuffed it for the first time. I remember getting my 2009 Chevy Malibu, and despite living on a dirt road in lower-Michigan, I kept the interior clean like it was new. My Grandpa and I would even wax the exterior, and then I would go 30 MPH down the dusty road that I lived on all over again.

I believe there is great value in keeping the gifts God gives us nice and to take care of them. I think that it is careless to neglect taking care of what has been given. If I have something as simple as a shovel, leaving it outside to just rust is a lack of gratefulness for that object. And that is what I’ve found, it is all in proportion to gratefulness.

Any responsibility can be better lived out if there is gratitude. I went to confession recently, and I told the priest that I had been failing to complete my responsibilities and that I was neglecting them. After I had finished confessing my sins, he told me that the key to being more proactive and competent in fulfilling your responsibilities is in being grateful and having gratitude. This is not verbatim, but it was this outlook that taught me why I take care of things. It made so much sense to me.

Think of the thing you are most grateful for having. It could be a pair of shoes, a car. It is that thing which you take care of and it is that which you sacrifice time and energy to keep in good condition, because you are grateful for it. And being grateful is a choice.

I must be grateful for everything God gives me. That could be a house, a phone, a piece of clothing or a water bottle. God gave me this. I think it is also realizing that some people don't have this. This is the classic mom move: “Eat your food, there are kids starving in Africa.”

But on the real, you have things that people across the world wish they could have. Now there is no way for you to just give someone your water bottle, but you can be grateful that you have one and not just treat it as invaluable.

It is also important to realize that if you live this life of gratitude, you will have less. This is because you will take better care of what you have. There is no time or need to have a surplus. I know the water bottle example is kind of silly, but I wanted something that often people do see as unimportant.

Because we are called to be grateful and take care of even the little things. In fact, it is in taking care of the little things that we will certainly take care of the big things. If you are intentional about keeping a water bottle nice, then you will be intentional about keeping a car or a house nice. But once again, being grateful is a choice.

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About the Author Mission TeamThe mission team is made up of writers within the HN team who serve for a time with our ministry to Awaken the World to the Power of God's Love. Through their efforts, their vision of making a world where no one suffers alone is an encouragement to many hurting people of all ages. 


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