We all have gifts. Some we are aware of and use prolifically, while others lay hidden deep within us – dormant.
We live our lives, staying within our comfort zone. The thought of taking a new step and learning a new hobby or venture, stay rigidly in STOP mode.
I once read a story about a man arriving in heaven, being asked about his life and how he had lived it.
“God, I’ve been kind and generous towards others all my life. and I’ve been the best person that I could be”.
“Could I ask you a question, God?” “Go ahead” he was instructed.
“Well, I know it isn’t Christmas, but beside You is a Christmas tree laden with gifts. How come”?
“Well” God replies. “It is the tree of life and blessings”. “The gifts represent the many talents I bestowed upon you. A few you used. Those on the tree remain unopened, because you refused to consider yourself capable of doing more”.
We are all guilty of similar behavior. I can stay in one spot thinking myself incapable of attempting more or living life differently; knowing full well that all I need to do is try, to discover that maybe I can do it.
Our tendency is to give up too easily. I am so glad that God does not give up on us. He pursues us and guides us. He forgives us and chides us. He bestows great and wonderful gifts upon us, then waits for us to use them.
I don’t want to reach the end of my days to find out how many unopened gifts I have left. I want to have the determination to try something new (legal, ethical, edifying), whenever the opportunity arises.
Prayer: God, we ask for the strength to do more; to try more. We ask that You grant us discernment in using the gifts You have given us. May we become conscious of those we have, that remain unopened. May we grow them and use them for Your glory. Amen.