Coffee beans and a good life …
By Teresa A. LeNeave
Matthew 25:29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. (KJV)
Why would God take from one who has nothing and give it to the one who has more? Does that make sense?
“For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him”. (NIV) How could that be? It seems so unfair.
When taken out of context, it does seem grossly unfair, but if you read the entire passage, you’ll find talents were given to everyone. Some produced and gained more. One ignored his talent, buried it, forgot about it, put no value on what he had, and in the end it was taken from him and given to the man who had produced the most. Now, it doesn’t seem so unfair does it? The man had an opportunity, he just didn’t use it.
One thing is certain: Talents have the innate ability to reproduce. Having is opportunity. Somehow, when you use the talents you do have there is an unwritten law that more abilities come to you. Talents are like exercise and muscles: if you don’t use it, you lose it.
Use whatever God has given you. Every talent has the seed of opportunity in it. Place value on whatever talent you have. You may be blessed with a good attitude; the ability to stay calm in the middle of the storm. Be thankful for that and let that light shine when you’re around co-workers, family and friends. Use that talent and another comes.
Cultivate what you have. Having is opportunity. Cultivate what you have right now. It’s all you’ve got; it’s the seed that’s been given to you to plant. We often think of talents as musical ability, a good speaker/preacher or a talented artist, but that is not the only talents.
You’re on a journey that demands you use the talents you’ve been given. It is up to you to refuse to dwell on lies of the enemy tries to make you believe. Refuse the lies that cause you to doubt who you are and what God has gifted you to do.
The following story is an exercise that proves “having is opportunity”. Opportunity is all around us, we just need to “see it”; to notice it.
A handful of coffee beans…
There is a story about a woman who lived to be very old and very happy because she put a handful of coffee beans in her right pocket every day. Whenever there was something happy or nice that day, she moved one bean to her left pocket. It could have been a refreshing breeze, a smile, a beautiful sky, or a neighbor’s wave.
The “bean transferring” made her a “noticer”. She constantly looked for, and found, good things. That noticing opened many opportunities to her and got her a good long life, but one more thing made it even better.
Every evening when she undressed she would remove the coffee beans from her left pocket and with each one she’d remember the moments of happiness in that day. The habit of being a “noticer” got her a good long and happy life.
One talent matters. Whatever you have is an opportunity for you to have more. Begin to notice the nice things around you. It doesn’t have to be possessions. It can be the color of the sky; the smell of a flower or a cup of coffee or tea in the morning. When we awake each morning let’s try to be at wisdom’s door with ears open; prepared to listen and “notice” the good things. This “noticing” will quiet your spirit and enhance the joy of your life.
Blessed is the man who listens to me (to God), watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway. For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the LORD. But whoever fails to find me harms himself; all who hate me love death. NIV
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