Friday, August 7, 2015

Being Faithful With What We're Given

The kingdom of heaven is like a man who was going to another place for a visit. Before he left, he talked with his servants. The man told them to take care of his things while he was gone. 15 He decided how much each servant would be able to care for. He gave one servant five bags of money. He gave another servant two bags of money. And he gave a third servant one bag of money. Then the man left. 
Matthew 25: 14-15 International Children's Bible 

It's so tempting to compare ourselves or our children to others, isn't it?
Here's our 6 kids- each one different and unique- No fair comparing! :)

We want our kids to be "typical" and hit all the milestones at certain ages.

But when special needs come knocking on your door, you have to readjust your thinking.  Comparing your child to others is a sure fire way to be depressed. You quickly learn to measure your own child's success by each milestone they achieve.

As I was reading The Parable of the Talents one day, it electrocuted my old way of "comparison thinking"!

It was liberating to see the verse says- God gives each of us "talents" to invest- ACCORDING TO OUR ABILITIES.  Isn't that a relief?  No comparison to others.

The only thing that matters is 

So what if one person has been given "5" talents" and Bethany's been only given "1"?  The bottom line is what she does with her "allotment". 

My job as her parent is to help Bethany grow and mature at her own speed and abilities

In other words- God expects us to Give Life Our Best Effort.

As parents, that's what our vision has to be for our children- with special needs or without.

Each of us have been given life- full of talents and treasure, trials and weaknesses.  God doesn't compare us to others- He just asks us to be faithful to invest what He has given us for His glory.

Disability or not- in God's eyes we're on a level playing field.  He doesn't expect us to do what we can't- but He is expecting us to be faithful with what we've been given.

 God is watching HOW we invest this gift called "life."

And when He comes back, if we've invested His "gift of talents" and developed them, He says with great praise...."‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!"

Father God,
Thank you for the gift of life you've given us all. Help us invest our lives and live to the fullest of the abilities you've given us! We want to be faithful servants- investing our lives and talents for You.  
In Jesus Name- 

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