Added: Mickel Pasternak - Date: 25.11.2021 13:32 - Views: 18697 - Clicks: 2759
One of my kids had a birthday this week. For the past month, she provided daily announcements to make sure everyone knew exactly how many days were left until the big day. For the past week, her ever-growing excitement has been uncontainable.
And on her birthday morning, she celebrated each birthday present with such enthusiasm, you would have thought each one was the biggest, best, just-what-she-always-wanted, most-unbelievably-awesome gift ever. Just watching her open gifts is a party in itself! In contrast, imagine this scenario: the birthday girl comes downstairs on her birthday, glances at the pile of presents on the table, then walks right past them to the pantry for some Cheerios. Eventually, the still-wrapped packages are shoved into a closet and forgotten.
Just picturing that scene makes me chuckle. I guarantee that will never happen in this house!
Every day, God gives me good gifts that I ignore, overlook, or dismiss. The thing about gifts is they have to be unwrapped before you can fully discover and enjoy them. You probably have some added stress in your life—maybe big fears or losses, or maybe nagging anxieties or disappointments.
Thankfulness helps us to see life as it really is: a gift from God. The more we watch for reasons to give thanks, the more gifts we find to unwrap and enjoy. What gifts can you thank God for today? You may not jump up and down and scream with excitement, like my daughter on her birthday, but I promise you will discover new joy for your journey. Unwrap the Gift. Except… it does. Every day.
Unwrapping this gift might mean constantly praying for gentleness and respect when your circumstances provoke the opposite. Extra time with your kids is a gift, in spite of the added challenges of canceled classes and suspended work. Unwrapping this gift might mean laughing and playing with your kids, even though you are worried about your job situation and finances. Loneliness is a gift, even though the silence and separation you feel can seem unbearable.
Unwrapping this gift might mean spending extended time with the Lord, even though it would be easier to distract yourself with your phone or TV. Being cooped up in the house is a gift, even though you feel exasperated and just want a break from the kids or your spouse. Unwrapping this gift might mean learning to understand and connect with each other again, strengthening vital relationships instead of continuing to drift apart.
Feeling out of control is a gift, even though it is uncomfortable. Unwrapping this gift might mean praying through your helplessness instead of trying to regain a sense of control by constantly monitoring the news.
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Great birthday present - unwrap rest of it later