One day, one of our church leaders was at our house with his young son who was out playing in our back yard. It was a few weeks after Easter, and as he was running around exploring, he found three plastic Easter eggs that were leftover from our family brunch.
He sat down on the back porch and was so excited to open those eggs and find that they were full of candy! I knew he was going home soon and didn't want to send him to his momma full of sugar. I said, "Denver, let's go inside and see what we have in the pantry for snack. "Here's a granola bar, do you want that?" "No," he said. "We have some peanut butter crackers and other snacks." "No."
He was not interested in anything else but those Easter eggs until finally, I pulled a huge bowl off of the top shelf in the pantry that was full of candy and said, "Here Denver, would you like to choose two pieces?" He got wide eyed, dropped those Easter eggs, came running over and started digging in that bowl. About that time his dad, who had been meeting with Joel, came into the kitchen and said, "C'mon, Denver, it's time to go home and have dinner." Denver chose his two pieces, said good bye, and walked right out the door. After they left, I turned around to see those Easter eggs full of candy sitting on the counter. Denver walked away and left more than what he had taken with him. He got distracted because he had too many choices. That's what distractions do. They steal from us and cause us to feel confused and overwhelmed.
There's an old saying, "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." I've never really given much thought to that saying until recently. We have to be careful about letting go of the treasure we have in our hands because we see something that looks like it might be better. We need to be faithful with what God has given us today. If you focus on what you have in your hand, if you tend to it, God will bless it and multiply it. What you have in your hand may seem small, but it has tremendous potential. Don't despise the day of small beginnings. Stay focused, hold on to what God has given you, and don't let distractions get you off course!
"The trustworthy person will get a rich reward, but a person who wants quick riches will get into trouble." (Proverbs 28:20, NLT)