“I do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you.” Acts 3:6a (NASB)
A person can no more skip the tempestuous, turbulent seasons of life than he can omit the month of March from the calendar. It matters not in what form the violence comes, the concern is how we accept it.
In life’s experiences the attitude we take means the difference in defeat and victory. In Acts 3:6, if Peter had dwelt on his lack of money, his lack of time and the pressing matters around him, he would have never known the joy in seeing the lame walk and the sick healed. He made use of what he had.
One night a fire completely destroyed a farm house. It was impossible to save any of the furnishing or clothing. The pantry was well filled with home canned goods but the kitchen was the first room to go up in smoke.
The next day the farmer whose home was burned was asked how much he had lost. He answered not as one who was incapable of realizing material values, but as one who had learned the meaning of true values. “I don’t know how much I lost,” he answered, “but I do know how much I have left.” He then named his wife and each of their seven children.
He then began talking about his plans for rebuilding his home. He accepted his apparent “set back” as a chance to start over. It was an outstanding example of a consistent Christian acting like a real Christian should act during tempestuous times.
After hearing this farmer’s attitude concerning loss of material things I began to incorporate a new set of values. If we are on God’s side we will always possess more than we can possibly lose. We may not have silver and gold but if we have the real love of God in our hearts there will always be someone we can help.