What gifts has God poured out upon you lately? The truth is, God is constantly sustaining us with his gifts… but all too often we are not aware of how generously God is providing for us in so many ways.
About a week before Christmas I had a profound encounter with my son, Walter. He came to me while I was working in my office at home and said, “Daddy, I need a meeting.” He often hears me saying I am going to a meeting and has been very curious about what a meeting is. This had been explained to him a few days earlier and now he was requesting his own meeting. I invited him to sit on the chair opposite my desk and asked him what he would like to discuss in this meeting.
He said, “Daddy, I have a question.”
“OK” I replied, “What is your question?”
“Daddy, if Christmas is Jesus’ birthday, why do I get presents?”
Wow. What a fabulous question for a three year old. He sat there now looking up at me, wide eyed, waiting expectantly for the answer.
I told him that Jesus loved us so much that he wanted to share everything with us, and Walter seemed satisfied with that answer.
But I have thought about it for a few weeks now. Our lives are filled with so many gifts – most of which we take for granted – and they all flow to us through Jesus.
This month I want to encourage you to get grateful. Take time in your daily prayer to get into a place of profound gratitude, and then try to stay there throughout your days.
January is behind us. It went by so quickly. What great things are you going to accomplish this year? Are you 1/12th of the way towards achieving your goals?