“What‘s the best use of a life with this much good fortune?” Dave Ellis suggests asking this question regularly. Church leaders might recast it as “What’s the best use of a life with this much blessing?” Or, “What does God want me to do with my life with all its blessings?” As a daily way to start the day, that question recasts my approach to that day’s activities.
I’ve been thinking about my many blessings, not only the usual American material blessings, but the fact that I had a stable upbringing, I’m smart, I can write well, I have a wonderful husband and two great young adult children, I have a lot of people who support me both personally and professionally, I’m not afraid to talk to strangers or get up in front of an audience, I’m in good health, I have virtually unlimited access to books – I could go on and on. I’m sure you could make your own list.
This question can change my decisions each day, and over time. It’s an expansive question. Rather than looking at what I don’t have, it focuses me on what I do have, and the reality that all this blessing creates possibilities, if I can look for them.
So, church leaders, what’s the best of use of your life with this much blessing?