All Things to All People

There is a game we used to play on long road trips when I was young. It was an alphabet game we called, “going to the store.”  You had to list something you would buy at the store for each letter of the alphabet. The first player had “A” and the second had “B” and so on. The catch was you had to recite all the previous items before you added the next one. By the time you got to “K” the list was getting difficult to remember.

I often play a similar game with myself when I am walking somewhere alone. But instead of a list of items from the store, I list the attributes of God.  “A” is for awesome, “B” is for bountiful, “C” is for Creator, and so on.

Recently, God has prompted me to change the game a bit. Instead of focusing on who He is, it’s become about what He does for me.  Now when I begin the list looks something like this:

A – God provides armor
B – God provides beauty
C – God provides correction
D – God provides direction
E – God provides encouragement

As with any alphabet exercise, some letters are more difficult than others. And my memory isn’t what it used to be so I don’t recite all the previous items each time I add a new one. I do try to come up with different ones for the letters each time I do this though. But in the end, what I’m learning is that God is indeed, all things to all people. He is the only one who can meet every need we have. He is the only one who gives to us above and beyond everything we could ever imagine. He is the one who loves to bless us just because He can. And at the end of the game, I can’t help but be filled with gratitude that He would love me so much!

Next time you are out walking or exercising at the gym or just sitting in your house try starting your own list.  And when you finish with the list of His blessings, you can go on to the list of His attributes.

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8 (ESV)

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19 (ESV)