Our unique gifts are meant to be opened

“Everyone is to use any gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering the grace of God in various forms.”

–1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)

When I was little we had big Christmas parties. My mother would invite family and friends, and gifts were bought for everyone who came. If anyone couldn’t attend, their gift was not opened under the tree.

I remember wanting to see what was in these unexposed packaging. I was almost tempted to take a look myself. I thought the fun of the gifts was being able to see them unwrapped.

Just as these gifts had remained closed under our tree, some people never bother to use their gifts and talents. They just sit there, never owned, used, or liked. We all need to enjoy these unwrapped gifts – for ourselves as well as for others.

The Lord blesses each of us with unique talents that should be used to honor Him. In Exodus 35, God called the Israelites to come and use their gifts to help build the temple. It says, “Men and women came, all who were good-hearted. “

Recognizing our gifts helps us use them correctly. It could be your voice, your hands, or your ability to listen. I know a woman who loves to cook. She uses her gift to bless newcomers to her church with baked goods. Another friend is a nurse who uses her healing gift.

Not only are our vocations gifts of life, but so are our positions. Our ability to be a good spouse, parent or friend are all important gifts. The gift of leadership helps us lead our families or takes us to a leadership position at work. Many people think that going to work is just a routine and never realize that they are primarily using their gift.

Our Christmas tree represents Christ. Just as we open these gifts that are under our tree, we must sit under the sky and open our gifts.

This Christmas, take a look at your life and see what presents you have left to open.

• Annettee Budzban is a Christian author, speaker, life coach and nurse. She can be contacted at [email protected] or (847) 543-8413.

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