I remember my second mom(nah-lailai: mother’s younger sister) telling me about how they used to go to school when they were were younger. She had said they traveled by foot daily carrying their bags with their school items and billycan packed with their lunch.
Everything they needed for the day was packed in their bags. Whatever was packed in their billycans by their mother was exactly their portion and was enough to sustain them so they could be fruitful and accomplish the tasks for that day. They need not look at another child’s billycan for the sustenance they needed.
I sometimes think back to when I was still a kid and my options were laid out before me. The encouragement was “school hard so you can become a doctor or a lawyer”. They somehow drew out a map for my life and told me to get into the same box every other kid was being told to get into because they deemed me intelligent, talkative and inquisitive.
The problem with this approach is that the people around you, though with good intentions, don’t allow you to open your lunch box to see what the “Great I AM” had packed for you. They get caught up with the wrapping that they quickly grab, and shove down your throat, what was meant for another kids lunch box.
And this is exactly what we still do today. We’re still looking out instead of looking in. I believe one of the biggest problems society faces today, as did we during our time growing up, is looking into other peoples billycans or lunch boxes to see what’s in it without first opening our own. Notice how kids do this whenever they’re given a gift that’s wrapped. Not only do they want to find out what’s in theirs they also want to find out what their siblings got.
Fast forward, years later and these kids are still doing it. Only now they’re looking across the street to see what new thing their neighbour just bought. They do it when they go out to see what other’s have. They do it at family gatherings. They even do it at church!
How sad is that? That even as adults we still look into other peoples lunch boxes to compare their portion with ours. Simple because we were either not taught to look inward or we haven’t really taken the time out to discover the treasures that lie within us.
Remember to first open your own lunch box to find out what’s in it. Appreciate and partake of it before more can be added into it. That is the principle of the talents that Jesus spoke off in Mathew 25:14-30.
And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability;Mathew 25:15
To all those who brought in a return to their master, more was given. And to him who buried what he was given…it was taken away and given to one who already had more according to the parable of the kingdom that Jesus shared.
For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.Mathew 25:29
Your portion may be something as simple as enjoying perfumes and being able to identify the different scents of perfume and elaborating on their respective properties. Whatever it may be, know that God isn’t in the business of shortchanging people.
Again I ask…What is your portion? What’s in your lunch box? Are you partaking of what you were given or have you settled for someone else’s meal having reached out to grab it because it looked good? Or was someone else’s portion simply placed before you so you settled for it and have never taken the time to open your own lunch box to find out what was specifically packed for you.
Food for thought…