December 3, 2019

Every Christmas, Merlene and Anton give Shannon and me a beautiful potted poinsettia. These stunning flowers always add even more magic to the Christmas decorating that Shannon does in our house.

Yesterday, Merlene brought the poinsettia to the church. As usual, it was a breathtaking specimen.

As everyone in the office began to comment on the beautiful flowers, I told Merlene that if there hadn’t been so many witnesses, I would have let Shannon think I bought it for her. Sadly, too many people had already seen the truth so I couldn’t take credit for a gift that did not come from me. This got me thinking.

God has given each of us gifts. And if we aren’t careful, we will begin to take credit for whatever gift we possess. When we do this, we leave God out of the equation.

It does not matter if you come from humble beginnings or born with a silver spoon in your mouth. That’s irrelevant. You are not self-made, you are God-made. You have a reason.

You may be a good teacher, farmer, doctor, barber, financial investor, parent, athlete, preacher, homemaker, singer, musician, mechanic, clerk, nurse, welder, counselor, administrator, janitor, or businessperson. Just know whatever gift you have, while you had to hone and improve it, ultimately came from God. And if our gifts come from God, then we need to give credit where credit is due.

This is what Peter meant by saying, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:10-11)

There is no one else in the world quite like you. That’s because before you were even born, God designed you for His purpose. So live like God made you very special – He did.

Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, help me use the gifts you have given me for your purpose. Fill me with wisdom, joy, and grace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

This morning when you look into the mirror, remember the words of the psalmist: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14)

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins