Offering What We Have
I thank you that you have answered me and have become my salvation. The stone that the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Save us, we beseech you, O Lord! O Lord, we beseech you, give us success!
Psalm 118: 21-25 (NRSV)
Jonathan Scott from Connecticut. My old wheelbarrow had rusted out, and both handles had been broken, repaired, and re-broken. He was about to throw it in a dumpster with no regret. But then a person next to me said, "Your wheelbarrow has a good wheel. Can I have it?" He had brought his wheelbarrow to the dump because its wheel had broken, but with Jonathan's good wheel he could repair his wheelbarrow. Jonathan was delighted that someone could benefit from this object he was about to throw away.
Sometimes we see no value left in something we choose to discard. It is a happy surprise when someone tells us that what we have is just what they need. Similarly, we can look at our lives and think we have nothing useful left to give, especially when our bodies and minds stop working like they used to. But we may discover new ways to help a person in need or make someone's day with kind words. What we believe holds no value may be what matters most to someone else. When Jonathan gets discouraged by his mistakes, he tries to remember that sometimes by offering the things we may overlook or devalue we can become blessings to others. God can use what we reject to change the world.
Prayer: Gracious God, may your Spirit flow through those parts of us that we have given up on. Help us to look for the blessings in others that they may not see, in Jesus' name. Amen.