It’s been two days since I heard Pastor Susan’s Epiphany message on Sunday morning and I’m still reflecting on it. That’s always the sign of a good sermon, don’t you agree?
Not once did I notice the rumbling in my stomach reminding me I didn’t eat breakfast. Not once did my easily distracted personality notice what anyone was wearing or even where they were sitting, for that matter. Susan gave the message I needed to hear on Sunday!
She quoted Albert Holtz on a point that really resonated with me (and hopefully you) since we are all (probably) still focused on New Year’s Resolutions and making improvements. (I mean… after all…. it’s only the 8th of the month!) 🙂
Paraphrased: We are in the season of returning gifts. It’s the wrong color, wrong size, it doesn’t suit me, it just doesn’t fit right. It’s become so much easier to give a gift certificate so the person receiving the gift can just get what they want!
It has me thinking about how we accept our gifts from God. Do we accept them with gratitude and humility? Do we use them in ways they should be used? Or do we treat God’s gifts in the same way as the gifts we receive from others? “I don’t want that gift — I don’t want to be pushed — I don’t want that learning experience –I’m not comfortable doing that — can I exchange it for another gift that I like more?”
But God doesn’t give gift certificates. We don’t get to choose which gifts we get from God, nor do we get to exchange them for others so it fits our needs better.
Interesting thought, don’t you think? So here are a few questions I leave you with this morning to ponder.
What gifts did God give you?
Do you accept and use them willingly and freely?
If not, why?
How might you better use the gifts that make you uniquely YOU to add something significant to this world?
Go light your world.