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Teens What If You Already Have It All?
By Todd Tribble

I want it all.

What does that comment mean anyway?

I want it all.

I have never quite understood why people let that comment fly. How do you know when you have it all? Is there a list that I am supposed to have in my possession, which I can check off as I make my collections? Will alarms go off and balloons fall from the ceiling when I make that magical last purchase? Will the credit card companies stop sending me advertisements since it will be a fruitless pursuit? Will I sit back in my house and just relax for the rest of my life? How will I know that I truly have it all?

Will somebody please give me the answer to this age-old question?

"What if you already have it all?"

Excuse me?

"What if you already have it all?"

Who is this?

"God."

Oh. Sorry about that little rant earlier.

"Don't worry about it. I do have a question though."

What is it?

"I have given you everything that is needed to live and yet you want more. Why?"

I like new cars ... and of course new homes ... and don't forget....

"Come on! I'm serious about this! Have I not provided you with a family that loves you? When times were bad did I not make sure that I carried you through the turmoil and pain? Have I not filled your brain with memories that will last a lifetime? Have I not put people in your life who support and care for you? When it is cold outside is there not shelter over your head? I held your hand while you cried and held my gut while you laughed. I have stood beside you while you buried your loved ones and watched with joy at the birth of your child. I have loved you unconditionally, and all I get is the knowledge that you like cars. I want more ... much more."

What is it that you want? I don't have a whole lot to give, and to be honest, I don't really understand what you actually want. Tell me what it is and I will try to give it to you.

"I want your Faith."

Excuse me?

"I want your faith! I want you to believe in your heart that I have the ability to lead you through your life. I want you to wake up in the morning without fear of anger or retribution. I want you to truly understand what Christmas is and why I cry every Good Friday. I want you to look at the cross and get shivers as the magnitude of the sacrifice, which was made, comes into view. I want you to love my son and understand that the pain he went through was real and done entirely for you. I want your faith, hope, and love. I want you."

I ... I don't know how to give you all of that. I have always tried to live my life according to what you want, but sometimes it's hard. I just want a road map or written directions on how to get to where you need me to be.

"I gave you that road map a long time ago, but many of you seem to have forgotten where it was put."

Would you mind pointing me in the right direction?

"The answer to all of your questions lies on the cross. Look there for the ability to see what the past, present and future will be. I have given you everything that you need ... it is up to you whether my gifts will be wasted or used."

I wanted it all.

"I know. Give me your all and I will continue to give you mine. I love you."

I love you too. Thank you ... for everything.
Todd Tribble is a 32-year-old youth minister at Hopeful Lutheran Church in Florence, KY. He has been writing for the last year and dreams of being published and writing for Christian publications. He finds writing to be an exciting venture and hopes people can draw strength from it. Todd also writes for his blog at perfection-is-overrated.blogspot.com. If you would like to write to Todd, you can do so through the Letters page of this magazine.
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