A couple of weeks ago, I saw a video clip at church that made me stop and think just a bit more. At the beginning of the clip, a man is opening a box which contains a pie. There's something written on the box but gets opened up so fast, you can't read what it says. The man begins to slice the pie. The first slice he takes out is pretty large. He places the slice in front of a man sitting at a long table. In front of that man is a card which says "house". He continues passing out slices of pie all the way down the table. There are things like house, car, groceries, utilities, credit cards (with whipped cream as interest), etc. Finally, there is only one slice left. The man places it on the plate behind "me". He sighs and then sits down to enjoy the last piece.
As he prepares to take a bite, he notices everyone else is staring at him. The man turns to his left and notices that someone is sitting next to him. You probably already guessed that it is God. Clearly the man is uncomfortable. He looks at his slice of pie and then at God. Then he turns and looks at everyone else. He looks at God again. God doesn't say a word. He just looks at him very calmly. God's plate is empty.
Finally, the man attempts to cover his slice of pie with his left hand and covertly eat the pie. One of the men seated at the table exclaims, "But dude, he brought the pie!" The clip ends with the empty pie pan being placed back into the box. The box is closed and you can now clearly see the words God's Pie on the cover.
So often we forget that everything we have is given to us by God. There are those who feel that everything they're blessed with is of their own making. I'm not suggesting that they don't work hard. We certainly do need to take advantage of every opportunity that God brings our way. That is good stewardship. However, it seems to be far too easy to forget that God is the one who provides us with those opportunities. God is the very source of our intelligence, strength, movement, health and indeed, our very existence!
Oftentimes when we think about giving to God we think in terms of money only. In reality, God gives us many gifts or talents such as teaching, speaking, writing, visual arts, music, building, cooking, administration, hospitality, organization, listening, etc. He has given you 24 hours to use each day. He may have given you a beautiful home and/or a nice vehicle or two (or three or four). The list could go on and on.
Since seeing that video clip, I've been pondering this question. Am I truly being a good steward of everything God has given to me? Am I remembering that he gave me the pie and it is up to me to serve him first and foremost? Do I just throw dollars at him or am I recognizing the gifts God gave me? Am I using God's gifts for his honor and glory or am I using them to honor and glorify myself?
Ouch! Although I have given back to God I have to admit that I could do better. I think I can always do better but it takes a conscious effort on my part.