A picky customer comes to a small food shop and sees a new delivery of fresh fruit. “Give me two pounds of oranges and wrap every orange up in a separate piece of paper, please,” he says to the saleswoman. She does.
“And a pound of cherries, please, and wrap up every one in a separate piece of paper, too.” Once again, she does what he asks, although frustrated with the demand.
“And what is that there?,” he asks pointing out a bushel in the corner.
“Raisins,” says the saleswoman, “but they are not for sale!”
There’s nothing wrong with a customer in a grocery store who wants to individually wrap each piece of fruit. But it reminds me that sometimes we tend to do the same thing with our lives. We wrap up a piece of our lives and give it to our family. We wrap up another piece of our lives and give it to our employer. We wrap up another piece of our lives and leave it laying on the couch in front of the television set. Oh…..and we certainly don’t don’t to forget God! So we wrap up an hour of our lives and give it to Him on Sunday morning.
There’s only one problem with that approach to life (but a very big problem it is!). God doesn’t just want the hour of our lives that we have wrapped up and presented to Him (no matter how beautiful the wrapping paper may be). He wants all the pieces! He wants the part of our lives that we designate for family, and the part we designate for work, and even the part we designate for recreation. Every piece of our lives is to be lived with the purpose of bringing God the glory.
“Therefore whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (I Cor. 10:31)
“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
When you stop being satisfied with the small part of your life that you’re giving to God and make an effort to give Him every moment of every day, life will take on new meaning for you.
Have a great day!
Alan Smith Innisfil, ON, Canada