What do you have in your hand? As you are now looking at your hands, you are probably wondering why I would ask such a question. Sometimes it may be necessary to actually look at what we are holding in our hands, but I would suggest that you look a bit further than your hands. Another way of asking the question would be to ask, “What has God already given to you?” Instead of focusing on what you don’t have or comparing yourself with others, look at what you already have.
I love to read the story in Scripture when God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Immediately, Moses started making excuses that he was not the man and the people wouldn’t listen to him anyway. Moses was holding a rod, a shepherd’s staff, in his hand and the Lord asked him, “What’s in your hand?” Next, God told him to throw it on the ground. He did and the staff became a snake. My response would have probably been that of Moses, he fled away from the snake. The Lord then told him to take hold of it by its tail. Moses obeyed and the snake became a staff again. The Lord wanted Moses to understand that regardless of his supposed limitations, God was with him.
Many of us, like Moses, tend to focus on what we don’t have rather than on what we do have. Maybe that is where your focus is today. Your life is being driven by unrealistic limitations that you have placed on God and yourself. Once again, I want to ask you, “What’s in your hand?”
Maybe you are thinking that your life would be better if you had more money, better car, more time, another job, bigger house, lived in another city—the list could go on and on.
Rather than waiting to get what you think you need, what if you started noticing what you already have. Look at the potential that already exists in your life. Do you have money? Spend it wisely! Do you have a job? Give thanks to God for it and do your best! Do you have love? Start showing your love to others! Do you have a smile? Start smiling! Do you have a good word? Start speaking into the lives of others! Do you have kindness? Start being kind to others! Do you have children? Start spending quality time with them! Do you have a house? Start inviting others in for a visit! The list could go on and on.
Don’t let your life be limited by what you think you don’t have. Take note of “What you already have in your hand.”