Saturday, 1 September 2012
A Unique Gift
I love mornings. Everything is new, fresh and delightful. I love waking up to the chatter of the birds just outside our bedroom window. I always listen to them and invent dialogue for them. My cat also loves listening to them and then she chats back to them in her voice she reserves just for the birds! I also imagine what her dialogue is and it usually bodes nothing good for the unsuspecting little birds.
Every morning to me is like receiving a gift. It is all beautifully wrapped up in blue skies,tied up with early morning sunlight and decorated with butterflies. Some days the wrapping is a bit gloomy, but still I look forward to unwrapping this mysterious, enticing and gracious gift.
This gift, however, is very different from all other gifts. Usually the gift we receive is just what it is - a pretty little soap, exquisite jewelry or maybe a beautiful book. Sometimes it is something we always wanted, but at other times it might be something we already have. This early morning gift though is a very unique gift. It is what I decide to make out of it. If I look for beauty in my day, that is what I will find in my gift, but if I look for the ugly in today, the angry and hateful, that, too, is what I will get from the gift. What I decide to do with this gift of today is determined by what happens in my heart and in my thoughts, it gives shape to my day and ultimately my life.
We all receive this gift, but what we do with it, what we make out of it, remains my choice. Yes, sometimes we wake up, and we realise that our gift will never be entirely the same again, as life and circumstances have maybe attached a label or two to my gift. Maybe it is a label of sadness, or regret. Maybe the gift tag reads "Change", yet I still have a choice about what I am going to do with this brand new day. Will I celebrate it or waste it, will I use it for good or squander it on insignificant things, because there seems to be an endless supply of it?
Something else about this gift that is different from normal gifts is that where most gifts we can keep and enjoy still for a long time to come, this gift just belongs to today, to now. I cannot save it for tomorrow, and I cannot drag it into the past without losing it. It has an expiry time.
Graciously God grants us each day another opportunity, another wonderful gift. It is so sad that in our youth we have little value for this gift, and so easily trade it for nonsense. Fortunately, as we grow "wiser ", so our appreciation also increases and we start to treasure this gift of now and we cram it with everything that is worthwhile and good.
My wish for you is that you will every morning unwrap this gift with joy and embrace your new today with wide open arms and live it!!
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