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What if a million dollars had been set aside for your use, but you weren't allowed to draw on it until you reached a point where you could responsibly handle it? And what if the "responsibly handle it" part meant that you had learned to use it in a way that didn't seek your own pleasure? What good could you do with a million dollars? If the money was spent foolishly, what damage could happen to you and your family?
Is is possible that God has unlimited resources that He is just waiting to hand over to you, but He's waiting for you to reach a point where your own pleasure is no longer your pursuit? What if God cares so much for you that He withholds those good things that you are not ready to manage responsibly?
What if we all sought the good of others over our selfish wants? What if we truly believed God was able to meet all our needs and even exceed our expectations? How would today's actions be shaped differently by a faith that God is working out all things for our good, including the temporary hardships that we encounter?
We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak and not to please ourselves. (Romans 15:1)
What if today, we test and see if God's goodness can be realized in others' lives through us, trusting in God's resources for the time or money that isn't visible? What would that kind of faith do to change both us and the world around us?