Commentary

March 27, 2012

Chaplain's Corner

“What’s In Your Hand?”

Written by: Staff
More articles by »

Pastor and author Rick Warren tells a story using the movie classic, “The Ten Commandments,” as his illustration. In the movie, there’s a scene where God commands Moses (Charlton Heston) to tell Pharaoh of Egypt to release God’s people from bondage. Unfortunately, Moses doesn’t think he was up to the job because he tends to stutter in front of an audience.

So God asks Moses a very interesting question: “What’s in your hand?” Being a good shepherd, Moses is holding a shepherd’s staff, which Warren says indicates a few important things about the reluctant leader. It represents his identity-he’s a shepherd. It’s his influence-it’s what shepherds use to move sheep along in a desired direction. And the staff symbolizes his income-an important shepherding tool to earn a living.

Warren explains the point that God was making was that Moses already had everything he needed to accomplish he was called to do. I happen to think it’s also a good question to consider once in a while when we begin to wonder whether we have what it takes … “What’s in your hand?”

Your identity: Have you considered that as a member of the world’s most powerful military, you’ve been conditioned with the best tools, training and resources that money can buy to stay on target, to make things happen and get things done all before 9a.m. that most people don’t do all day (remember the commercial)?

What’s in your hand? Your influence: Every so often someone will ask me how old I am. I’ll answer. “Oh, I thought you were older,” the person will sometimes reply. I then mope around in a funk for three hours. Occasionally, though, he or she will say, “Really? I thought you were a lot younger.” No kidding? You made my day! Do you know that you have incredible influence by the words you speak, write, and blog; what you YouTube, Facebook, Twitter?

So, what’s in your hand? Your income: This is an easy one and Pastor Rick says it well: Did you know that if you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back and a place to sleep at night (do you have all that?), then you’re richer than 75% of the people in the world?  And, if you have any money in the bank, or any money in your wallet or purse, or just some spare change sitting in a dish somewhere, then you’re in top 8% of the world’s wealthy-92% of the world has less than you! What’s in your hand?

As a chaplain, I believe the secret to happiness is fulfilling our God-given purpose in life. That is, we feel the most successful when we’re doing what we’ve been wired to do. But, of course, the key to accomplishing it isn’t by focusing on what we don’t have, it’s by recognizing and using the talents, skills, and resources that we already possess-what we already have in hand. So, what’s in your hand? God bless!




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Effrain Lopez

The Cal Guard’s MQ-1 Predators are handed back for the last time after a series of firsts

U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Effrain Lopez The Predator MQ-1 assigned to the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing in flight over the Southern California Logistics Airport (formerly George Air Force Base) in Victorville, Calif., Jan. 7,...
 
 

Retired reservist finds inspiration through loss

(Final in a three-part series chronicling Angela Alexander’s incredible story which led to a book, a ministry and now, a documentary.) Following the untimely death of her two sons in a car crash, Angela Alexander, a retired Air Force Reservist, faced the challenge of sharing her story with the world. She knew God wanted her...
 
 

Acting under secretary of the Air Force appointed

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — President Barack Obama appointed Lisa S. Disbrow to serve as the acting under secretary of the Air Force March 30. Disbrow will take over for Eric Fanning who was recently appointed as chief of staff for Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. “Lisa Disbrow is already a tremendous asset to our Air Force...
 

 
Elie-Wiesel

Learning from the Holocaust: Choosing to Act

During the Holocaust, concentration camp prisoners received tattoos as a means of identification. This practice began at Auschwitz in the autumn of 1941.   Each year, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum leads the n...
 
 
DEOMI-poster

DEOMI releases 2015 Holocaust Days of remembrance poster

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – In observance of the Holocaust Days of Remembrance, observed each year during the week of Remembrance that runs from the Sunday before Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) through the followi...
 
 

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

WASHINGTON, March 26, 2015 – There has been progress in the Defense Department’s efforts against sexual assault in the military, “but we have to keep hammering away at the problem,” said Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow. “This is going to take time.” Snow leads DOD’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, and while he said...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin