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Old 10-06-2004, 06:15 AM   #16
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the real question is what the tilte of this thread means

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Old 10-06-2004, 06:56 AM   #17
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after all the crap God has put me through, I deserve some of the goodness in my life now. But even what I have today is more than I deserve.

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Old 10-06-2004, 07:13 AM   #18
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I think the problem may be that some people in this world believe themselves to be more worthy than any or all others, and will resort to whatever deceitful or inhumane means they have to to maintain that self-deception.

We are all equal in God's eyes, but some humans certainly forget that

Maybe it all comes down to humility vs ego
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Old 10-06-2004, 07:16 AM   #19
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I have a very hard time believing that I'm worthy of such a wonderful life.
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Old 10-06-2004, 07:19 AM   #20
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Of course I am worthy! After all, the gifts have been bestowed, haven't they? And I don't believe in accidents.

The trick is to appreciate them while I have them (because I've learned - nothing is forever).

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Old 10-06-2004, 07:21 AM   #21
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No, b/c there are people that are WAY more worthy of what I have than I am
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Old 10-06-2004, 08:12 AM   #22
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Absolutely not. There are people I know who deserve far more than what I've been very lucky myself to get in this life.
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Old 10-06-2004, 10:51 AM   #23
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I think it depends on what we call gifts. For example, I have worked very hard for the material items I have such as, my house and car. I have also sacrificed some aspects in my life so that I can have a roof over my head and food on my table, so I don't call those things gifts.
However, having the ability and health to work hard is a gift but, one which I have used in a positive way.
Basically, my point is, some gifts we may be worthy of and some we may not. I think it all comes down to how we use or gifts and share them with others.
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Old 10-07-2004, 01:13 AM   #24
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I agree with Jamila.. same for me.
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Old 10-07-2004, 07:48 AM   #25
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For those who need clarification, I am taking a four year course of study about ministry. IN my reading for the lesson this past week, I ran across a line that made me think of this question.

I am thinking about my whole life, starting with the good fortune of being born in a country that has provided me with opportunities that may not be available to others in the world.

Starting my life here in my opinion gives me a head start compared to others who may be born into less fortunate circumstances.

Why am I deserving of this head start? This gift?

There are other examples of things I consider gifts or maybe even good fortune.

Why did I get this gift, and more importantly, have a squandered it?
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Old 10-07-2004, 07:50 AM   #26
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I appreciate the wonderful thoughts people have put into this thread. Having started many political threads which tend to draw division lines in the sand, I must confess, I needed a thread like this.

Thanks to my FYM friends.
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Old 10-07-2004, 08:40 AM   #27
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Dreadsox, the reason why you were born more fortunate than someone else in life is really a question only the Creator can answer.

The only important thing for you to do is to honor your gifts bestowed on you by living humbly, fairly and respectfully towards others and to simply DO ALL THAT YOU CAN TO UPLIFT THOSE IN OUR WORLD THAT ARE SUFFERING!

That's all God wants from us.
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Old 10-07-2004, 01:17 PM   #28
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What about talents? Do you look at the skills you have, or your abilities as gifts?

Why are some people more gifted in some areas?
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Old 10-07-2004, 01:21 PM   #29
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I'll answer this question in three forms . . .

1.) I didn't used to be, but now I am.

2.) I once was lost, but now I'm found.

3.) For if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old is gone, the new has come.
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Old 10-07-2004, 01:25 PM   #30
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Everybody can give something back.

It is endless when you start to think about it.

The danger is inaction.

I believe personal giving of one's time is the most honorable.

Not to toot my own horn, in recent years circumstances have put me in a situation where I gave a lot of my time to elderly shutins.

They have passed on.

I think giving to children is very important.

It can change their lives, And the people they will have influence on.

I believe the biggest problem in the world is intolerance.

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