Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Joy in Giving


If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11

My heart was filled with such joy as I stuffed my shopping cart to overflowing late last week with CHRISTmas gifts for my children. I wanted to get most of my shopping done in one quick trip and I am proud to say, "I SUCCEEDED!"

I came home and went through the gifts. I was delighted by my selections for each of my children knowing how much they would appreciate the choices I'd made. I was so excited that it was hard to hide them away until CHRISTmas day, but I knew the effect would not be the same if I gave them their gifts earlier than intended.

It was in those few minutes of reflection that it hit me how the same is true of our Heavenly Father. He delights in blessing His children. He sits on His throne watching us thinking, "That's my girl!" He's a proud daddy and loves watching our faces light up to the many gifts He gives us. He wants only what is best for us, but sometimes we have to wait for the best appropriate time to receive His gifts. He can't give us everything at once or it won't have the same effect for which it was intended. He says, "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." (Jeremiah 29:11)

Sometimes God's gifts for us are obvious: a new life to celebrate, a promotion, restored health. But most of the time His gifts are in the simple things we often take for granted: a smile from a stranger, fall leaves, laughter. James 1:17 says, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."

This CHRISTmas season instead of getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of things may we all take time to reflect on the many gifts God has placed into each of our lives.

5 comments:

  1. What a beautiful picture that you painted in my mind! I know that my heart fills to overflowing with excitement and joy to buy, wrap and give my children their gifts and to see the excitement in their faces is priceless.

    Isaiah 55:9
    "For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think. (Message)

    I can't even begin to comprehend how my Heavenly Father feels about the many blessings He blesses me with each day.

    Thank you for a beautiful reminder this holiday season.

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  2. WHat a great analogy! Sometimes we don't think of the gifts as being intangible like laughter, but what a gift that is. :D

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  3. Oh indeed my friend! Indeed! Truly inspiring! I LOVE picking out just the right gift for my crew...I love seeing their excitement...I LOVE hearing their requests and then seeing them filled with wonder and joy over the request being fulfilled!

    And boy do I ever know that GOD LOVES to do that with us...He knows just what we need when we need it...just what to say and to send...

    And the part of that verse that sticks out to me --is NOT TO HARM US!!!

    Thank you for the sweet reminder...for the kick in the pants (gently) that I needed!

    I love you my friend! And this CHRISTmas I am thankful for the GIFT I have in you!!!

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  4. I'm new here, what a great blog :) ♥ Hugs!

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  5. Amen! I must admit sometimes I grumble so much that I forget to be thankful for the gifts He has already given me. Thanks for the reminder!

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