- Baby showers
- Hosts of dinners…
- But the granddaddy of them all is Christmas.
So why do we give gifts? I’m glad you asked. (There’s a point to all this, so hang in there.) Gifts are given in order to:
- show homage
- give honor
- pay respect
- show someone you like them
- get something in return (manipulation)
- fulfill a custom (rooted in the above)
- show your love
We receive gifts because:
- Of custom
- We’re greedy
- We like stuff
- We need the gift
- We like being liked
- It makes us feel loved and appreciated
A big question at this time of year is what do you do with those gifts?
- Hide them in the closet
- Put them on display
- Give them away
- Return them
- Sell them
- Use them
- Give thanks for them
So what’s the point? As this is the season of giving and receiving of gifts, as well as a time where many look forward to the New Year and what it holds in store for them, it is the perfect time to figure out what is most important to you. What gift(s) do you cherish the most? How do you use it (them)? Here are a few gifts you have received (or could freely receive if you want) to ponder as you enter the New Year. Note: you did nothing to deserve these, they are gifts.
- The gift of life – you didn’t ask to be born, you were chosen to be born
- The gift of salvation – you did not save yourself, in fact you can’t
- The gift of righteousness – you can never be perfect enough, that’s why He gave it to you as a gift
- The gift of the Holy Spirit – God actually lives in you and provides the power you need to accomplish all He has for you.
As awesome as all of those are, especially in comparison to whatever you received for Christmas, they are all prerequisites for the most awesome gift…the reason you were born. You were given a special gift, one just for you, to be used to help others. Using your gift is how you were designed to love others and manifest the goodness of God to a broken world. It is also how He intends for your to succeed GREATLY. Each of us have such a gift. If we don’t use our gift it means there will be no love in the world, and it means you get to struggle through life (His way is easy and His burden is light). No love means no trust, which leads to:
- Seeking pleasure as an escape, but no real joy
So the point is — there is real lack of love and trust in the world, and we’re all partially to blame. The good news is that we are all also part of the solution. So this new year resolve to
- Discover your gift.
- develop it,
- and to distribute it.
You will have the happiest New Year ever!