So this morning while watching Hoarders again (I know, I know) something came to me.
For many years I've heard and read that when you ask most people what their God-given talent/gift/calling is, they'll reply, "I don't know. I wish I knew."
And what came to me this morning is that satan tries extremely hard to stop us from discovering our talent(s) because our callings bless and help other people. Any talent, no matter what, inspires the rest of us to aim higher, to not give-up and to find beauty in an ugly world. Heck, our gifts bless and help us, too, what with all the joy which comes from doing what God designed us to do. But satan convinces us happiness is in doing for ourselves rather than in obeying God and loving others.
So while I'm staring into these Hoarders' rooms I'm thinking of all the passion it requires to collect literally tons of junk. How it's like trying to fill the bottomless pits which are our hearts, pits which can only be satisfied with knowing Jesus as Friend and declutterer of those hearts.
And of course, hoarding is certainly not the only way people wear themselves out trying to stuff those empty hearts. There are addictions galore in this life, as we've all heard about or experienced: drugs, food, smoking, sex, pornography, even wild addictions to being the best athlete, artist, gardener, business person or the smartest human being on the planet. And so much more.
So I guess I'm just seeing clearly this morning the vital need--of course for Jesus most of all!--but for each of us to discover how He wants each of us to help others. Since Time's beginning He designed a wonderful, useful plan for us and what remains is for us to find it. To not look backward at a life we once had (or could have had), nor over at our friend's awesome talents and life, but to seek until we find the ways in which we are to bless and help and inspire others.
And of course, satan hates our searches. He confuses us, whispers lies such as, "You're the one person on this planet who has no talent/gifting/calling," or "You're way too hopeless and sad (or too busy) to see God's plan for you through."
But remember--it's lies, all lies. Hence the need to stay plugged into God and His words so that always, they will shine brighter. So that He will shine through us, blessing others with the talents He excitedly gave us, knowing their great potential to make our life count for something amazing.
The happiness was never in asking, "What can others do for me?," but rather, "What can I do for others?"