Although Christmas is the day where we receive and give the most gift, it is the only time we are given presents. By definition, according to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, a gift is “something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation. Voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation. We neither pay for nor earn anything from God. All of His gifts and blessings have everything to do with who He is, and little to do with what we have done.
A couple mornings ago, I was just thinking about Lamentations 3:22-23, and how everyday, I get a fresh dose of grace, love and mercy…straight from Heaven. However, like God’s most important gift ever, salvation through Jesus, we can’t sense His gifts with our natural 5 senses. Grace doesn’t come to us as care package on our doorsteps. Love doesn’t show up as extra sugar in our morning coffee. And mercy doesn’t greet us as we prepare for a new day.
God’s gifts come in the form of every oxygen molecule we breathe in and the subsequent carbon dioxide ones we breathe out. It is the dawn of a new day and another chance to follow Him, who leads the way. It is the opportunity to shoot again, regardless of whether yesterday we shot a bullseye or a bullsnose.
Sometimes, when I ponder life, I think of how redundant and monotonous it can be. Work. School. Eat. Sleep. Repeat. I think of how we will never see another day of the week besides the 7 we already have. I think of how there will never be more than 12 months in a year. And then I think of all the things God can do in me, through me and for me, in those never- changing 7 days, and 12 months. Friday coming will be better than Friday past, just as August coming will be better than August past. Why? Because God doesn’t operate by time, He operates by will. Will we receive His grace and walk in it? Will we receive His love and revel in it? Will we receive His mercy and move in it? Will we receive this new day and take another shot at it?