A man was visiting a Texas landowner. After dinner the landowner took the man out on the front porch to show him the view. Waving his arm toward the horizon, he said, “Everything you see belongs to me. Those oil wells on the horizon—they’re mine. That grain on the hills—that’s mine. Those cattle in the valley—mine. Twenty-five years ago when I came out here, I had nothing. But now I own everything you see.”
The host waited for words of praise. But the visitor waved his arm toward the heavens and said, “And what do you own up there?”
Do you find yourself focused on what you have or don’t have here on earth? Do you let it affect whether you’re in a good mood or a bad mood? If so, chances are that you are too focused on the “down here” stuff and not focused enough on the “up there” stuff.
Sometime today, look up and realize what you have: a God who scooped you up in his arms at your baptism and said, “You are mine and I am yours.” A God who loved you to death on a cross. A God who says, “Be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you’” (Hebrews 13:5).
What do you have? Turns out you have a lot!