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Then the LORD said to him, "What is that in your hand?"- Exodus 4:2  

Oftentimes I am bombarded with thoughts that I need more of something to fulfill a goal. Sometimes it’s more money, more power, more support, more in my relationships and/or more time? How often do you feel like you need MORE of something to meet your life’s purpose and/or goals?  

I personally think that we all struggle to overcome our feelings of limitation and not having enough.  However, I also think our perception of lack is magnified for those that live in a western world because we are constantly bombarded with messages that we need MORE or something IMPROVED or something BETTER.  It’s like happiness and joy have become commodities for sell and trade.

On the surface our desires appear harmless.  Matter of fact, we even consider it honorable to inspire and encourage people to want more and better.  Yet how can we ever feel satisfied in we are constantly in a “state of want“?  How will we ever feel a sense of gratitude if we are always in a “state of need“?  How will we ever develop a sense of self-confidence and security if we always think we don’t have what is required to get the job done?

Today I was reflecting on the biblical story of Moses and his initial response to God’s call to leadership.  Like many of us, Moses was TERRIFIED of the responsibility to leading such a big charge.  From the very beginning of the story, Moses gave excuse after excuse to God about why he WAS not his guy to lead.  

In an effort to prove to God that he wasn’t the man for the job he continued to state that no one would listen to him because he didn’t have any power nor could he speak publicly.  Ironically, the scriptures tell us that God simply replied to Moses with a question about what was he holding in his hand.  Moses answered that it was only a staff then God instructed Moses use the staff by throwing it down, thus performing his first miracle.

This is such a powerful story about using the tools that God has already given us to perform the miracles that we need in our lives.  Moses saw the staff rod in his hand only as a tool for tending the sheep but ultimately the same staff was the instrument that Moses used to perform scores of miracles that ultimately led the children of Israel to the promised land.

I feel that we can learn a lot from this story that can be applicable to our own lives.  

What are we holding in our hands that may lead us to fulfilling our purpose in life? Are we so pre-occupied with what we DON'T have in our life that we can't see the power and blessings that are right in front of us? Are we so plagued with self-doubt and insecurities that we can't see our own abilities to perform miracles?  

Ladies, I will pose this question to anyone that has an unfulfilled dream, incomplete mission, or unmet goals.....

What is it (that you're holding) in your hand?  

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      Vikki Hall wrote May 12, 2011
    • Great post!!!

      There are times when I feel/want more. When I realize I’m in that spot I take a look at where I am in life and am reminded of how good my life is. And when I’m struggling still after reflection I read my gratitude journals previous entries and I am reminded.

      As for unfulfilled goals..... Still trying to figure out what I want to do when I grow up.... Enjoying life too much to pin it down right nowhappy

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