Life sometimes, we think plays cruel tricks on us. That’s what we feel mostly when things go slightly haywire, or unexpected. Most of the time, we are too wary of change, that we usually regard the event that is happening is less for the better and more for the worse. What we forget is that, sometimes blessings come in an off-hand manner. I mean not in the expected way, but if we graciously accept what we get; the outcome goes beyond our wildest imagination.
Sometimes, it’s those little things that we do graciously that leads us to bigger and better things. Those first times you may have done the props for school programme must have taught you about stage management, which would later help in the college concerts or in bigger events like managing a fund-raiser, a charity show or even an auction. The little chances that we get in assisting major or minor surgeries, or as an aide to a major development project would play a role in the future professional life. Even if you get the tiniest role or chance, do it with grace and poise. Don’t just grumble and throw it away; for every little chance is a gift and each gift is a blessing to learn something new. But that doesn’t account for you to sit back with folded hands and watch the world move by, either!!!
I am sure most of us know the story of the teenager and his graduation present. To sum up the email I got,
“A young man was getting ready to graduate college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted. As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him. He handed his son a beautiful wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat disappointed the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible. Angrily, he raised his voice at his father and said, "With all your money you give me a Bible?" and stormed out of the house, leaving the holy book.
Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day. Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things. When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and
regret filled his heart. He began to search his father's important papers and saw the ‘still new Bible’, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. As he read those words, a car key dropped from an envelope taped behind the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words...PAID IN FULL. “
Sad, but true story. How many times have I missed many a blessing because it was not packaged the way I expected ? To tell you truth, I am ashamed to say but I have lost count. I think it’s high time I take baby steps and make a change in my approach to the chances given to me, before it gets too late.