I was helping my niece unpack from her recent move to a new city. Strewn on her bedroom floor with a pile of many other things, I noticed the impossibly plush and elegant pink slippers I had given her last Christmas. They still had the tags on them and were obviously unworn.
I was somewhat hurt to see them tossed aside. When I found them last fall in a fun new boutique that carries upscale apparel and accessories, I immediately thought of her. I wished that they had them in my size too!
Obviously she didn't think my gift was as special and perfect for her as I did, but she kept it. Perhaps someday she will enjoy it as I had hoped.
I thought of the many gifts that God has given me. How many have been unused or unappreciated? Which ones are still unopened, forgotten, set aside or rejected? I thought about the crosses since they are gifts too, but far heavier than I think I can handle.
Our God knows what we need, and is patient and forgiving. He will never force us to use and value His gifts. With abundant mercy, He stands ready meet us when come to our senses and appreciate the abundant blessings that are all around us.
About ten years ago, I gave a candle to a work colleague. It has never been lit because “it is too pretty to burn.” If I outlive her, I promise to burn it at her funeral.
Gifts were meant to be used and shared with others.
God will answer when we ask in prayer for the grace to recognize our unique gifts. Dear Lord, help us to know how we can use all that we've been given for your glory.
I was visiting my niece last summer. We were talking about my mother who died 10 yeayears ago. I suddenly had a thought: "I should give her the ceramic nativity that mom made for me."
Since moving to a smaller home, I really didn't have a proper place for it. I asked her to promise me that she would display it each Christmas until it was time for her to pass it on. She seemed excited about receiving this gift. It would be a tangible reminder of our love for her-- the love of her aunt and her grandma, but more importantly the love of Jesus that she hasn't recognized or acknowledged yet.
I was thrilled to receive a text from her with pictures of the nativity set in her home. She said, "I love it!!! Thank you!!!
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