What Have I Been Given?

Little or much it does not matter, for what do I have which has not first been given to me?

Natural ability or talent? I may exploit such things given as a rite of birth, for glory or self fulfillment…for these things desire an outlet in performance and achievement.  But to keep that glory for myself is to stunt and strangle their potential to bless and encourage others.

What do I have which has not first been given to me?

Strength and good health? The first and greatest wealth I can possess…do I use my strong arms and back to assist those less fortunate, or do I assume a posture of superiority over those who are sick from disease or depression?

What do I have which has not first been given to me?

Knowledge and wisdom? What I know and understand I have gleaned from others who faithfully broadcast their life experiences; whether in their doing or in their writing…I receive the benefit of their insights because they first gave.

What do I have which has not first been given to me?

Success and wealth? Whatever of these I have amassed, I have as the result of hard work plus ability plus good health plus knowledge. All these things which have already been given to me by others. To curb an appetite for more,  I find I must refuse attachment and disseminate liberally so as to allow these gifts to do the greatest good.

What do I have which has not first been given to me?

Love and family? By birth and marriage and acquaintance, I have family.
I love and I am loved. I complete and I am completed. The circle of love does
not, cannot end with me…but like everything else, it grows and extends from
me when it contributes to others.

Yes, I have been given much indeed…and the requirement, the responsibility that comes with receiving these gifts, is indeed great; but greater still is the loss, the loss for me, the loss for others, if I fail to recognize and fail to act upon this knowledge…that what has been given is a gift…to sharewithout measure.

Successful people have a social responsibility to make the world a better place and not just take from it. Carrie Underwood

When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required. Luke 12:48 (Holy Bible, New Living Translation)

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