In Others’ Words: Gifts
“Everyone is gifted — but some people never open their package.” ~Unknown
In my family, I’m known for one particular gift-giving tradition: Each Christmas I misplace at least one gift. When I realize that, yet again, a gift has gone a-missing, I promise to give it to the ever-patient recipient when I finally come across it–usually months later. I’m still hoping to find two gifts I hid much-too-well a couple of years ago — one for my husband, another for my oldest daughter.
Easy truth: Unless I find those gifts, my family members won’t ever get to enjoy the things I selected just for them.
But those gifts are just things. Losing God-given gifts — the talents that make you a unique individual — that’s worth more than a disappointed sigh. I’m not saying every talent has to be opened front and center stage. Not every writer will make the New York Times bestseller list. Not every singer will earn a Grammy or a Dove or CMA award. Not every dancer will open on Broadway.
But everyone has gifts. The question is, what are you going to do with the gifts you’ve been given? Tear the wrapping off and share what’s inside of you with others? Or misplace the gifts — and realize you’ve misspent your life?
In Your Words: If there were a stack of gifts and I asked you to pick one from the pile and claim it as yours, which one would you pick? Not an “I wish this was mine” gift. An “I know this is mine” gift. Have you opened your gift? How are you using it?
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