On Fridays, I enjoy the challenge of writing for 5 minutes on a topic chosen by Lisa-Jo of The Gypsy Mama blog. I always write about the word before reading Lisa-Jo's post, or any of the links. I find it so interesting how many different viewpoints there are on any given word. God, of course, is so creative and He made His children the same way!
When I think of the word gift, I think of it in two ways. First, gift as a talent. The story of the talents in the New Testament talks about a lazy servant who instead of using his talent, hides it. Oh, may I not be like him! His punishment was that his gift was taken away and given to one who had used his own talents in a mighty way.
The other way I think of a gift is in relation to Ann Voskamp's "One Thousand Gifts." In other words, thanking God for the gifts He has given me. First and foremost, of course, the wonderful gift of redemption. A gift I didn't earn in any way, shape or form. A gift for which I am totally unworthy.
And then there are the numerous gifts God has showered on me besides salvation - gifts of family, friends, love and acceptance. Gifts of purpose and a calling.
I don't forget the little gifts -the gifts that make life enjoyable - color and sunshine, flowers and beauty, food and fragrance and touch. I could go on and on but I must ...
If you'd like to read other thoughts on "Gift," link up at Lisa-Jo's blog, The Gypsy Mama.