I’m not gonna lie, post-Miss America, I needed a bit of a break! Between school for my kids, being sick in September, local pageants getting into full swing, Miss America week, and the general busyness of September, I was ready for a slow down! As Daniel Tiger (it’s a kid’s show on PBS) would say: “That was fun but now it’s done!”
However, what isn’t done is local pageant season! We have just scratched the surface of it, and have already seen amazing results from Team MYM. We’ve had wins, we’ve had runners up, and we’ve had improvement from every single person.
Winning the title is the goal, but improvement is always a pretty awesome step forward.
With that, I think it is good to step back and reflect on why you are here, doing whatever thing you are doing. Vague, right? 🙂
You don’t have to be a Bible scholar to know the verse, “To whom much is given, much is required.” People use that verse largely when it applies to money. It can get a bad rap as the verse used by churches to convince wealthy patrons to give larger sums of money in offering. But the heart of the verse is, I believe, so much more than simply dollars and cents. It speaks to something being given, like a gift.
It is easy to think about all that you don’t have: the car, the job, the house, the career, the dress, the talent…but maybe we are asking ourselves the wrong question.
Instead of thinking about what you don’t have, in what way you have you been gifted much?
Have you ever seen a child open a gift that he or she really REALLY wanted? The joy and excitement – hardly waiting to be free from packaging to use it (**silently curses packaging for being so impossible to open, and should we talk about how sharp cut plastic is for a minute?! No…?)**.
Or on the contrary: receiving a gift you didn’t want or don’t intend to use. How it gathers dust on a shelf, ignored. Or maybe it’s put in the “SOMDAYILL” pile, as in “Some Day I’ll use it!” And then you don’t. And it’s regifted or Goodwilled.
A gift that goes unused is such a waste. I hate waste. But what’s more – the person who gave you the gift in the first place hates waste. He or she chose for you to receive it.
So, if you are reading this, you have been gifted much, my friend. Without your participation or merit – you’ve been gifted specifically and especially, given willingly without payment. It doesn’t matter if you are looking for meaning in your life, attempting to win a pageant, running for election, considering a career path, trying to win at the whole parenting thing, and on and on and on…
If you focus on what you don’t have – your perceived shortcomings – you are selling yourself, and the world, very very short. And if you are like me, and you believe you were put here for a purpose and created for a larger picture than just yourself, you have a responsibility to not deprive the world – and yourself – of what you do have to offer.
The second part of that Bible verse isn’t “To whom much is given, do whatever you want with it, it’s your life, peace out!” It’s expected that if you have been gifted much – you use it. In fact, another interpretation says “To whom much is entrusted…” Your talents and abilities aren’t just gifted to you – they are entrusted to you: that you will use them and do with them something other than sit them on a dusty shelf.
Will you take the gift, given freely to you, and use it to better the world? Or will you let it sit, collecting dust on a shelf?
You have been gifted much – it’s time to start putting that gift to good use!