Luke 6:38 – Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again. (KJV)
Christmas is coming and as well as signifying and celebrating the birth of Jesus, it is a time of gift giving. We wander the stores for the "right" gift for family, friends, neighbours, and service providers. We want to choose something that will make them happy, something they have wanted, wished for, something that will give them great pleasure. But what gift will we give to God? What will we choose for Him?
What is something that He would want, that He might wish for? What can we give Him that will give Him great pleasure?
Though she may not have coined it, I think it was Dolly Parton who said a long, long time ago: "Our talents are God's gift to us. What we do with those talents, is our gift to God." She surely has given her gift to God, and to many, through His gift to her.
This then, is what we may give to Him this Christmas. Whatever our talents, may we use them to their fullest, for Him. May we, through Him, realize and utilize those gifts He has given us; for in so doing, we will give to Him something that will give Him great pleasure.
Prayer: We thank you Father, for even our most basic gifts: our sight that we may see for others; our hands that we may help; our ears that we may listen when someone needs to be heard; our hearts to open wide and share with others; our mouths to say kind words. May we use them well. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.