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Using What You Have
By Victoria Osteen - Mar 15, 2016

Isn't it funny how easy it is to compare what we have with what the people around us have? It starts as early as childhood with kids comparing lunches, toys and everything else! The problem is that comparison is a distraction. It gets us off course. Instead of comparing ourselves with others, we need to recognize that God has given each of us exactly what we need to fulfill exactly what He has for us. It may not look like what the person has next to you, but that's why you have to stay focused on what God has given you. What is in your own hand? How are you using it? Scripture says, "To those who have, more will be given." That means you will tap into more gifts, talents and opportunities as you use what God has given you. 

Jesus told a story about a wealthy man who entrusted some of his money, called talents, to three of his employees. He was going away for a while and instructed them to invest the talents while he was gone. When he returned, he found that two of the men used their talents wisely and doubled their investments. However, the third man said, "I buried my talent because I was afraid." He was so full of excuses trying to explain himself. It didn't matter to his boss. He asked, "Couldn't you have at least put my money into a savings account to draw some interest?" The employer was so frustrated that he took what he had given that man and gave it to the first man who had been a faithful steward. It's interesting that all the men had the same opportunity, but the man full of excuses didn't take advantage of it. 

That's the way God works. He has entrusted every person with a measure of gifts, talents, abilities and resources. He's watching to see what we will do with them. If you are faithful with what God has given you, He will multiply you and increase you in ways you've never dreamed. It's not about how much you have; it is about using what you have.

Don't allow excuses to cause you to bury what you have been given. Just like the wealthy man wasn't moved by excuses, God is not moved by our excuses, either. Do you know what moves God? Our faith. Make the decision to wake up every day with an attitude of faith and expectancy and look for ways to use what God has placed in your hands. Believe in yourself and believe that God is working on your behalf. It may not happen tomorrow or next week, but stay faithful because God will multiply you in ways you've never dreamed! 

"For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance…"  (Matthew 25:29, NIV
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