Commentary

May 17, 2013

The Chaplain’s Corner

I’ve noticed in the past month that my mailbox and Facebook account have been flooded with dozens of special event invitations, mainly in the graduation and wedding category. The month of June is particularly jam-packed, sometimes with two different occasions marked on the same day.Now, if you’re like me, your first reaction to such events would be filled with joy and excitement – after all, there’s a celebrating and you are invited.

But then, within seconds of receiving such joyful news, your brain starts to do a funny little “dance” called brainstorming. Immediately, you begin to ask yourself such questions: When and where are these events going to take place? What type of gift should I consider bringing? Two important resources revolve around these questions: time and money.

Each of these resources have a specific purpose in our lives and we have the freedom to make decisions and manage those resources the way we see fit. However, sometimes we feel that too much of our time and money is demanded of us and if you pay bills, have kids, or are in school, you’ll know exactly what I mean. For many of us, it may seem that these resources of time and money are too limited and not enough. We receive invitations to joyful events, but our brains start doing that fun little dance again, trying to figure out how we can make it all work.

Let me pose this thought: While we may feel limited in our resources, we can still be a huge blessing to others around us. Time and money can disappear quickly, but thank God for those moments when our brains do the dance, because it’s in those very moments where we create blessings for others. That wedding gift on your friend’s registry may be out of your budget, but you may discover a little extra time to help the couple move furniture or pick up dry-cleaning. That neighbor’s graduation may be scheduled the same day as your best friend’s, but you discover a little extra money to send your neighbor a gift card with an encouraging note.

Time and money will come and go, but your thoughts and creativity are never-ending. Perhaps you feel exhausted and think that you don’t have anything left to give; however, the truth is that you have much to give, even without time or money. From the small, everyday tasks, to the big events and celebrations, your thoughtfulness matters. Don’t forget, even in the small things, whether noticed or unnoticed, you can be a tremendous blessing.

God Bless!




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