Greetings. Since we are in the Season of Giving, this seemed to fit right in.  I love music.  Not that over syncopated, autotuned, stuttering, stammering mess they play on the radio today (I apologize if I offend lovers of the aforementioned – but c’mon!) but real music. Instruments, singing, you know, Coca-Cola music.  Well, listening to Pandora, Billie Holiday’s God Bless the Child came on and of course, a moment was born.  You know the words –Them that’s got, shall get. Them that’s not shall lose. So the Bible says, and it still is news. Mama may have.  Papa may have. But God bless the Child that’s got his own.  That’s got his own.  Like me, Ms. Holiday wrote her heart out. An argument with her mother over money led to this song.  Seems Ms. Holiday, upon her breakthrough, loaned money to friends but when she fell on hard times, they were no where to be found, so she asked her Mama.  Mama said no and then the fight started.

I love how real life and biblical life mirror each other.  In Matthew 25: 14-29, it tells the story of a man who gave talents/money to his servants. First servant received 5, second servant received 2, and the third servant received 1, to each according to his own ability. Upon his return, the first servant had doubled his talent and returned with 10.  The master was so pleased, he gave him praise and more responsibilities.  The second servant too doubled his talent and returned with 4. The master was so pleased, he gave him praise and more responsibilities as well.   The third servant, poor paranoid, miserly servant, put his 1k in a hole in the ground. Of course, the master was furious. If nothing else, the servant could have put it in the bank so it could have drawn maybe $1 worth of interest, but instead he didn’t. He was afraid to earn a profit because he knew the master would ask for it, thus the biblical reference — For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.

The little things. Oh how they can have a huge payoff.  The first two servants were praised.. Well done, thou good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things.  Enter into the joy of your Lord.  To whom much is given (see what the master gave the servants) much more will be required (see what the servants gave to the master). God wants you to prosper. How are you using what God gave you? Do you burn through His/your resources like a birthday candle?  Do you cling to His/your resources because you are afraid of not having enough? Irresponsibility and miserly ways do not equal a Prosperous You.  Give and you shall receive. Your gift will return to you in full, overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together (to make room for more), and running over.  This one is a tough lesson, one I struggled with in the past, but I get it. If I’m faithful and responsible over the $100, he will give me back my $100 and more. The more I do with what I have (my talents AND my money, and EVERYTHING God has given me) the more responsibility he will give me. Those odds are better than playing Powerball.  As the saying goes, you can’t beat God’s giving. Don’t be like the third servant and miss out on blessings and prosperity.  Sin and a shame to let them go to waste.

Always find time… To Relax. Get Comfortable.  Get Mended.

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