It’s a gift

Did you ever have to return a gift someone gave you? Maybe it didn’t fit, or it just wasn’t something you wanted, or you already had one of those. Sometimes we just keep it because the return process is too much trouble. What if the gift was given for the express purpose of returning it?

James 1:17… Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

“I give it all back to You.” This line from Mandisa’s song, Back to You, woke me up at 5:30 this morning (remember, I’m on vacation) and was still there at 7:30 even though I’d gone back to sleep. I blogged about this song a couple of weeks ago… (read it here).

My first thought was, “Lord, I’ve already written about that song!” But God is always teaching me something in these songs He sings over me. And what comes to my mind is that giving it all back means that my life is a gift to God… But really I’m returning a gift He’s given to me. My life is a gift! Every moment of every day of every year since the minute I was born has been and always will be a gift from God. He created me. And this crazy, imperfect, beautiful life has all been part of His perfect plan for me.

So I’m returning His gift. This return process is NOT too much trouble. Not if I use the gifts He has given me to share Him with others. Not if I give God the glory due Him for every good and perfect gift in my life. Not if I live my life as a sacrifice of praise to the God who made me.

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