I love a good restaurant gift card. Completely FREE. Completely up to me. No strings attached. It’s between me and the food. It gives me the courage to order whatever I want.
As I was sitting in the restaurant booth at the Chili’s near my house, I was looking over the menu fighting the urge to order one of everything on the menu. The appetizer. No, the flat bread pizza. Maybe the chili and salad. Or the steak and potatoes. I had the ability to order ANYTHING I wanted; it was great! Truth be told, I only had $15 on a gift card BUT my eyes were on a feast for a few versus a small lunch for one.
After looking over the menu, I finally decided what to order. I placed the order, enjoyed my lunch and waited for the bill. After my gift card was applied, I owed a measly $2 plus tip. Not bad for a nice lunch!
Have you ever been so gung-ho about something that you forgot about the limitations of your situation, i.e. your eyes were focused on the feast? It happens to me everyday but I’m constantly stuck within the limits of my finances. The limits of my own understanding. The limits of a $15 gift card.
The Bible says, ”
“Because you’re not yet taking God seriously,” said Jesus. “The simple truth is that if you had a mere kernel of faith, a poppy seed, say, you would tell this mountain, ‘Move!’ and it would move. There is nothing you wouldn’t be able to tackle.” (Matthew 17:20 MSG)
The truth is we are not confined to our understanding. We are not limited to our own finances. We are not limited to a $15 gift card. We are only limited to what we say we are limited.
For the last 10 months, I have been working hard (and I mean hard) on a “project” that will not only help push me to new levels in my personal life but in my career as well. And, in the last 45 days, I have been casting vision for the next 7 years of my life. It’s nothing short of exciting.
Faith is not about the ability to stand up for yourself; it’s about having the courage to push all of life’s baggage aside and rise above it and have that “order everything on the menu” courage and not look back.
Like the scripture says, “…you would tell this mountain, Move! and it would move.” — I have told my situation to “move” and it has in big ways. Don’t lose faith now. Order what you want from the menu. And don’t look back.