From the looks of it, everyone I know is getting more of winter than they would prefer. If we could skip to spring, I’d have no problem at this point. Just a little bit ago I finished snow blowing at my house. Though I hate winter I enjoy snow blowing quite a bit. There is something satisfying about seeing immediate progress for the work that you are doing. It’s definitely one of those times that after you finish you might step back and admire your handiwork.
As I drove back to the office my mind went to something that’s easy to forget after my job well done: almost every part of that job was made possible or easier because of someone else. The coat I wore that kept me warm was a Christmas gift from my in-laws. One pair of gloves I wore (Because one pair isn’t enough) was a Christmas gift from my sister a couple of years ago. The scarf I wore was a gift from a couple at church. The snowblower, boots, other pair of gloves, coveralls, and hat were from my parents. All that I was able to do was possible because other people had been generous to me.
This is true of so many areas of life. Whether it’s with the things we own or the position in life we are in, we owe many, many people far more than we often realize. It’s a humbling reminder that no man is an island. We live far richer and fuller lives when we have strong relationships to lean on.
But even more than these people and blessings, it’s a reminder of how blessed I am by God. Everyone of those people is someone God has blessed me to know. Just as it’s easy to forget that we are blessed by others far more than we realize, it’s even easier to do the same with God.
Our lives are far richer than they would ever be otherwise because of what God has done for us. Let each of us go home today mindful of the people who have helped us along the way and the God who has blessed us far more richly than we can every understand. It’s never truly about what I’ve done but what He has richly blessed me to be able to do.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1Th 5:16-18, ESV)