Sunday, November 04, 2007

Scribbles and Scrambles - Vessels and Vanity

I hopped over to Novel Journey to catch my friend Janet's Sunday devotional and discovered it talked to me where I'm at today.

How often I look at others and envy what they have. But how often am I willing to walk in their shoes? Or live in their life?

I tend to want to pick and choose from the grocery store of life with the option to discard the consequences of those choices like a banana peel. Kind of "have it my way....always." Belly up to the deli counter, load up on summer sausage and ask for the cholesterol on the side, thank you very much.

Janet shared a story nearly as old as time. Cain and Abel. Not that I'd ever want to murder someone for their talent or attitude or success, but occasionally I've toyed with the green-eyed monster when he whispers sweet nothings in my ear.

My aunt sent me a couple of links about Paul Potts. If you haven't seen this here's your chance. Watch the faces of the judges and audience as the video progresses.

Is there anything more wondrous than raw material or an imperfect vessel in the hands of God? Is there anything more amazing than the God of the universe attaching talents, gifts and good works to earthen vessels here today and gone tomorrow?

So, who are we to question God's choice of who will receive what? Who am I to envy the success or talent of another when I don't necessarily tend to my own path. Maybe I should plant gardens along my road instead of eyeing the beautiful patches belonging to my fellow sojourners.

Thank You, Lord for Your incredible patience and wisdom. Help us to discover who You want us to be, and what You've given us to complete, and help us find the joy and the peace in the journey.