I owe, I owe, so off to work I go …
Do you ever feel that way? You go to the mailbox and find nothing but bills. Or you have enrolled in paperless billing, so you find your email inbox filling up with those monthly invoices. Then you choose whether to pay with check, credit, debit, the sale of your plasma, renting out your first-born, or something even more creative.
Bad news, worse news, and good news
Do you ever feel like you owe something to almost everyone? Well, actually, you do. I’ve got bad news, worse news, and good news.
The bad news is that, no matter how financially secure you are, you will never have enough money to pay your debt to the world. None of the above-mentioned methods will put a dent in your debt load.
The worse news is that the world owes you absolutely nothing, so you can never collect enough to pay down your debt.
The good news is that you already have everything you need to pay this debt.
Your debt and your resource
So, what is this mystical debt of which you speak, blogger boy? I’m so glad you asked. What you owe the world is … wait for it … yourself. You, my friend, are a priceless, unique treasure and you bring something to the world that no one else brings because no one else is you.
There may be someone with similar skills, passion, knowledge, and experience, but no one else brings your precise blend of those. Your blend of those is just as unique as your fingerprint or your DNA.
You existed in the mind of God before you ever showed up on the planet, and He had unique plans for you before you ever drew your first breath. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”
Your unique and significant contribution to the world—your legacy—is what you choose to do with the life you have been given.
Does that seem overwhelming—the idea that you are a priceless resource that you owe the world? The whole dadgum world?
So, what would it be like if you were to start where you are and work your way out? What if you determined, starting today, that those who live in your house are going to get the very best of you? What if you determined to bring the best of you to your work, your neighborhood, your church? What if you determined that the limited time you have to give in each situation will be filled with the best of your attention, enthusiasm, and love?
And what if you found the source of your unique contribution to the world to be the One who gave you life—the One for whom your life matters? “For in him we live and move and exist.” (Acts 17:28)
You owe big time! How will you set up your recurring payments?