I am reading a book called The Noticer written by Andy Andrews, recommended to me by my friend Jim. Its about a wise old man that drops into people's lives and brings things to their attention. In the first chapter he speaks to a young man down on himself and living under a pier. He notices that the young man needs a change of perspective.
In his challenge to the young man he says,
"Remember, whatever you focus upon, increases...When you focus on the things you need...you'll find those things increasing. If you concentrate your thoughts on what you don't have, you will soon be concentrating on other things that you had forgotten you don't have -- and feel worse! If you set your mind on loss, you are more likely to lose...But a grateful perspective brings happiness and abundance into a person's life." p13
So many of us focus on what we don't have both individually and as groups of people. I think its ok to reflect to on this to establish some goals but the key principle here is to focus on what you do have and make the most of that.
I was at a leadership conference a few years ago and Rick Warren asked us the question, "What's in your hand?"
The Parable of the Talents in Matthew's Gospel unpacks it for us. For the servant that took what was given and did something with it...
25:21 His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a litte; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.'
The servant that didn't do anything with what he was given lost everything.
Stuff to think about
Where is your focus: on what you don't have or what you do have?
What are you doing with "What's in your Hand"?