With two ten-year-olds in our house, Christmas is always cluttered with a collection of new toys. These treasures are the latest and greatest of the season (according to our delightful duo). For the first few days that follow the unwrapping, all Adventurous and Cautious want to do, is play with said treasures. However, when the excitement from all that is new wears off, these toys lie discarded and abandoned in the playroom, or become buried in a bin. Once the gifts are out of sight, they seem to soon escape the minds also.
As Christians, we also have been given gifts that we have set aside and have all but forgotten. Father God gives not the gifts of the tangible kind (though His blessings are abundant), but rather He grants our hearts and minds access to the things that matter most to aid us in remaining upright on this road – our journey called life, in which we hope to cling to Christ and one day claim our place in our heavenly home that He has prepared for each of us who believe.
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.” – 2 Timothy 1:7
These gifts, or characteristics, are available to all of us by the Holy Spirit in us. If we are to lead lives as He asks us to, we must embrace these treasures that He has already entrusted to us.
Though He has not given me a spirit of timidity, it is easy to find myself reverting to that silent space. He has given each of us access to His power, and it requires faith to press in and be aware that it is already present.
His Spirit of love envelopes us, and allows us to see others through His eyes. Though trying at times, I have discovered that the sooner I learn someone’s story, the more readily supplied I feel to love as I am loved.
Self-discipline is another gift that we ought to access daily. It is a gift that grants us the grace to train our hearts, minds, and bodies, so that we may be best equipped to go and do all that He asks.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have great gifts for us that are always ready to be received, and are meant to be utilized daily, until our ultimate distance is done and we are standing before You face-to-face. Forgive us for setting aside the treasures You have entrusted to us, and teach us how to access and accept all that You have for us. May we use the gifts that You have given well, so that many may come to call You King. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present