My Cup Runneth Over

MY CUP RUNNETH OVER

It’s unacceptable to continue doing what we’re doing in the manner we’ve been doing it.  Ok, so this works for us. We’re getting great results, but that’s not enough. Wanting more is not being greedy. It’s only greed when we refuse to share what we’ve acquired. It’s only greed when we’ve decided to hoard our knowledge, our talents, our opinions, and our money. In Psalm 23 David declares, “The Lord is my shepherd I lack nothing…my cup overflows.” God wants us to be content whether we have little or much; however, He also desires that we abound in blessings. We don’t need to have a six-figure bank account to abound in blessings. Owning a mansion doesn’t necessarily mean our cup is overflowing. It’s your perspective that dictates whether or not we’re overflowing.

When we constantly complain about what we don’t have, and how others seem to have more, this prevents us from getting to that point of overflow. This mindset will only prevent us from being our very best because it is other people focused in a negative way. When we start focusing on ourselves and our blessings, we will start using what we have to help others, to share with others, and then our cups will not be able to contain all that God has in store for us. The more we give the more we receive. Giving is euphoric; sharing is healthy. Once we start engaging and communicating, doors will swing open, opportunities will lay in waiting, and chase us down. When we work on ourselves, we don’t have to go out seeking abundance. No! no! no! Our cups will automatically overflow because of God’s favor.

Consider the following individuals. They had issues and obstacles, but they weren’t afraid to ask for what they wanted and to pursue a course of action that would get them there. If we developed the following characteristics within ourselves, we will also dwell in the land of blessings.

Be Honorable Like Jabez.

“If you are content with the best you have done, you will never become the best you can be.”  Unknown

Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez,saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested. 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (NKJV)

Be Blameless and Upright Like Job.

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are but tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job; and that man was blameless, upright, fearing God and turning away from evil (Job 1:1 New American Standard Bible).

Be Fearless Like Esther.

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” James Neil Hollingworth

And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained favor and kindness in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti (Esther 2:17 New American Standard Bible).

Embrace Change Like Rahab.

“The most important thing to remember is this: To be ready at any moment to give up what you are for what you might become.” W.E.B Dubois

Now therefore, please swear to me by the LORD, since I have dealt kindly with you, that you also will deal kindly with my father’s household, and give me a pledge of truth, and spare my father and my mother and my brothers and my sisters, with all who belong to them, and deliver our lives from death (Joshua 2:12-13 New American Standard Bible).

If faith requires that we take steps before seeing the entire picture, then we need to start taking those steps. Who would have guessed that a little Jewish girl (Esther) once in exile, would become queen and save a nation? Who would believe that a man (Job) who lost every single thing would bounce back so dramatically? Such things could only occur because there is a purpose unique to all of us that God wants to use as a testimony.

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Comments

  1. aedriskell2 says:

    Ebonie, I completely agree with everything you are saying. I believe that part of my purpose is to encourage others to follow their dreams, and to help them acheive them when possible. I have been fortunate enough to share some of my experiences and what I’ve learned along the way with other writers. Since helping others by reading their manuscripts, offering suggestions, and doing some editing here and there, doors keep opening up providing with new opportunities to enhance my writing skills. It’s amazing what can happen with you help others. My cup is definitely running over. :-)

  2. Jell says:

    Hey Sis,

    Wonderfully put …. i really love this, very inspiring! God bless and love you to pieces.

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