Early in our married life an insurance company asked us to make an inventory of our possessions. We were to create a list and take pictures of them, partly as proof, but also to help in case of property loss. It was both hilarious and sad at the same time.
We were young, broke and nomadic. Two of our most valued possessions were a VCR and a television given to us when one of our grandmother’s had passed away. When we first moved into a house, we didn’t own enough things to put something in each room. Yet, even so, the task was formidable. There was more to our life than we realized.
I thought about it then and I think about it now, what would the inventory of our non-purchased, God-given gifts look like? It would be wrong to call them possessions, because we never really own them. They are the gifts we take for granted, yet fill our lives with joy. This list would include all the items we would want replaced if somehow they were taken from us.
My list would include: the way Peggy slides her hand into mine while shopping at the Farm and Fleet; my daughter’s hilarious one-liner jokes and the smile that accompanies them. Peter’s bear hugs would make the list, as well as, watching my adult children laugh together. It would include the little old lady who smiles when I hold the door open for her; the gift of working with fun people. The ability to kayak a calm lake in the morning; caramel rolls; a good craft beer and pizza; watching the birds at our feeders and a trip to the zoo. The list could go on forever.
Today, God vents through Ezekiel. God points out everything given to Jerusalem through God’s own hands. Yet, Jerusalem is ungrateful and wanting more. Jerusalem can only see the things they do not have from God. How often are we all like that? We only see people who have more and not the people who have less.
Today, I invite you to take ten minutes to make an inventory of the God-given gifts in your life. Give thanks for them and let them fill your heart with joy. Then go out of your way this weekend to live in these gifts. (Ezekiel 16: 8b-14)