My husband and I were at a recent charity event because he had donated one of his paintings to help a worthy cause. Our local bishop spoke to the attendees frankly that we were among the blessed, and that we were blessed so that we could be a blessing to others.
He reminded us of the privileges that we had that others do not, and it put life into perspective because during a time of waiting, it can be hard to see the blessings of your life. Is life really about all I can get out of it and all my desires coming true? Not really. It’s more about what God gives me and what I do with what He gives me to build up His kingdom in the time He’s allotted me.
Some of us will be given spouses to love and families to raise to love and serve the Lord. Others will be given beautiful talents and meaningful work that gives God glory. Still others will be given distinct vocations that point to a higher truth. Whatever God gives us is a gift and a blessing unique to us that is meant to bless others. The gifts are different, but the goal is the same.
Sometimes we can get so focused on what we want and desire that we lose sight of the bigger picture: I’m blessed and meant to bless others exactly where I am, with what God has given me.