Author and speaker J.John tells this story:
At the end of a long work day, an employee left his factory, pushing a wheelbarrow through the gate to head home. Inside the wheelbarrow was a small box.
The security guard stopped the man and asked, “What have you got in your wheelbarrow?”
“I’ve got a small box,” he said.
“What’s in the box?”
The worker replied, “The sawdust from the floor. At the end of the day, it gets swept up and is thrown away. I needed some, so I put it in a box, and I take it home.”
The guard looked inside the box. Sure enough, it was filled sawdust. He sent the worker on his way.
The next day, the same thing happened.
The third day, same thing.
And the fourth day.
On the fifth day, the worker again came through with a wheelbarrow and a box of sawdust. This time the security guard said, “It’s you again with your wheelbarrow and your sawdust. I’ve got a feeling that you’re up to something. I think you’re actually stealing something. Look, why don’t you tell me what you’re stealing, and I promise I won’t report you.”
“Okay,” the worker said, “I’m stealing wheelbarrows.”
Our lives are often like that. We’re so focused on a box of sawdust that we never notice the wheelbarrow carrying it past us. We can be so distracted by the little things in life that we miss the bigger picture of God’s love for us and His intimate involvement in our lives.
Some of us are so distracted by our circumstances that we need a reminder of all that God wants to do for us. Others have never been introduced to the idea that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead can live in them and help them experience a fullness of life they never thought possible.
I believe the recorded message on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Gaining a New Perspective in Life” from J.John will inspire you. His talk is filled with stories and humor that will help you discover spiritual meaning in a way that makes sense of everyday life.
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