It’s time for Five Minute Friday. Today’s prompt is the word gift.
I was a little conflicted when I heard the prompt, because honestly I have been working through an ungodly pressure the last several years in this area.
Ya’ know those issues that pop up repeatedly in your life? Well, one of the issues that I see over and over (less frequently now–thank God!) has to do with gift giving. It has a tendency to pop up at birthdays and other gift-oriented holidays. The enemy has tried to rob me of peace and joy in this area by tempting me to compare myself to others who are able to spend more money and even more time picking out awesome gifts. Somewhere inside I have felt inadequate! It’s so silly– I know! (Definitely what some would call a “first-world problem.”)
When the enemy attacks you in a certain area, it’s not always logical. If he can get you to believe the lie, that’s all he needs. Thank God that Holy Spirit is revealing truth to me, and His truth always debunks the lies of the accuser! It’s the truth that makes us free.
So here’s how my five minutes turned out. (With a few edits, I’ll admit. It didn’t make total sense without them.) I finally settled on the way that less traditional gifts can literally change the course of a person’s life.
When you give someone a gift, you give them the opportunity to experience something new.
I am recalling the time that two special people paid for my first mission trip. I was 21, and what I experience has left me with a permanent love for Argentina and missions in general.
Another special gift was when my grandmother left me an inheritance, and that gift has provided multiple opportunities of blessing for my family and me.
My grandfather before her left prepared the way through wise investment, and with this gift my life was changed. All three of my vehicles in the last 20 years have come to me as a result of his gift, as well as other things.
God gave us the gift of Jesus and reconciled the world with Himself, giving the world the opportunity to experience HIM and do what we were created for.
The Holy Spirit gives us His gifts, and with the opportunity that those gifts present, lives can be restored and changed forever.
Blessings to you today, my graceful friend!