And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
This morning, I took our middlest (our terms of endearment for the boys are oldest, youngest, and middlest) for a special father/son breakfast out. French Toast and beignets seem to taste better on a patio after a long holiday weekend. Powdered sugar and towers of table menus and shakers and giggles were far more the focus than caloric intake. But at one point, admiring his tower of chaos and a balanced stuff giraffe atop salt and pepper grinders, he got real thoughtful, as he often does. “You know,” he mused, “a lot of people think they can’t do something when they could, if they just had the right materials.”
How right he was. So many people hold off making healthy changes in their diet and exercise till they get a trainer or dietician, a meal plan, a weight-lifting set, or the right bike. So many of us won’t tackle a language or a subject of interest till we have the right book or teacher. And when it comes to our faith, we have questions, curiosities, or a desire to grow closer to God, to gain a deeper wisdom, or serve more faithfully, and we wait for the right book, the right small group, teach, preacher, or series.
And yet, as Christians, we have the materials, and access to materials. Scripture tells us the Lord provides what we need. We have scripture itself, the Spirit of God that lends us understanding, the Church and our family of faith, and opportunities to serve people in need every day. Whatever our skills, our gifts, our struggles, or our flaws, we have been given both materials and a promise for all we will ever need to do the work before us. Trusting that you do have the right materials, what has the Lord called you to do today?