Earn Your Blessings
By: Zach Collins
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
Let’s talk about earning a blessing. My freshman year of college, I had come home on a Thursday in order to have a outpatient medical operation completed. That next morning, I had a test bright and early at nine o’clock. I was a little late getting out of bed, which caused me to run behind. So, I decided to take the “fastest” route to Morehead. That same route was also the most dangerous route. There was a slight drizzle that morning but, at the time, I didn’t think anything of it. So, I wasn’t as cautious as I should have been while driving. I started to ascend up this hill and my car slid. At the time, I just figured I hit some oil in the road and, because it was slick, I slid. Then, I get on up the road, and came into this sharp curve. As soon as I started turning my steering wheel, I could tell something was wrong. My car started to fish-tail and I lost control of the vehicle. The only thing I could do was to attempt to steer out of it. I steered my car to the left, hit a hillside, and flipped twice. I blacked out. When I woke up, I was upside down. The whole passenger side of the vehicle was collapsed. The driver’s side, nothing. I looked down at my arms, at my legs, and in a mirror at my face, nothing was wrong. I didn’t have any cuts or bruises. The windshield had fell down, in one piece, on top of me but I didn’t have any cuts or bruises. I didn’t even have a concussion from rolling the vehicle. After the police and EMT’s came, they started talking to me and asking me a bunch of questions. But, one of the things that I remember the most, was the police officer directing my attention to the right side of the road, where I stared at a 65-foot embankment. A straight drop off from the road. If I had steered right and gone over that embankment, I probably wouldn’t be here today.
After that wreck, it felt like someone had handed me a new life. It literally felt as if my life started over. Isn’t that the premise of a New Year? Why do we celebrate New Year’s? We celebrate the New Year because it gives us a chance to start over. Starting on the first, and extending throughout the rest of the year, we can change the attitude which we take towards life. The New Year gives us an ideal time to start over and change the course of our personal and spiritual lives. I recently heard this quote and I thought that I would share it with you. The quote goes like this, “No one can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” (Unknown) After that wreck, I remember the thoughts that I had during the course of that wreck sticking in the back of my mind. Since then, I have received a gift that can only come from within yourself. That gift is the power of intention. Or, the power to live your life with the intention to accomplish something. I live every day of my life with the intention to earn the blessing of life. Every hour, every minute, and every second that we are one this Earth is a blessing. Read today’s verse again…
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)
From the changing of the seasons, to the smell of a rose in the middle of summer, to the breath that you just took while reading this blog post. Everything is a blessing and all of those blessings come from God. However, it is important to remember that this Earth is not our home. We might enjoy our life and love things within this life, but as Christians we are not of this world (John 17:16). As a result, it is our spiritual obligation to set our focus on a goal much more important than something material or worldly. So, why not live our life with the intention to attempt to earn the blessing of eternal life? Of course we could never earn such a gift, such a gift is a blessing that we are underserving of, period. I know this. But, it doesn’t mean that we can’t live with the intention to earn that blessing. We can say, “Hey god, thank you for giving me life and all these blessings. Now, I’m going to take that life, and use those blessings, to live for you.” So, whatever your New Year’s resolution might be, I hope that you will make a meaningful New Year resolution within your spiritual life. I hope you make the resolution to live your life with the intention to earn the blessings that God has given us.