There’s something very odd that caught my attention a few weeks ago. In fact, my mom reminded me about this peculiar thing about me while we were having early dinner one time.
I enjoy shopping and usually it’s expressed through the fondness I have for buying books, toiletries, cosmetics, back issues of foreign magazines, office/school supplies and little knickknacks I do not really need but find cute (it’s like i.must.really.buy.them.). I also enjoy last minute shopping for Christmas presents, as well. I delight in the thought that I will be able to buy stuff I feel people would be glad to receive as presents. Though I have never fulfilled my plan to finish my Christmas shopping before December, my last minute shopping skills always magically enable me to complete this task by Christmas Eve.
There seems to be nothing wrong right?
Right, but the story does not happily end there. For years, I have been ending up with undelivered presents. They sit inside huge shopping bags with the hope that they would be shipped to the intended recipients someday.
👏Good intention: I wanted to bless people… check!
👏Preparation: Writing down the names of people who will receive presents from me…check!
👏Effort: hours and hours of shopping to find and purchase great presents (great is subjective haha)…check!
😔F – Failure to deliver gifts to the intended recipients. Unfortunately this comes with a check mark too for some people I don’t get to meet often
Have you experienced this at any point in your life? it can manifest in these ways:
1) Cooking – you know how to cook, you have the ingredients but you have not found the time to cook your signature dish again for your loved ones.
2) You love writing and you have actually saved in your iPad notes certain entries that God can use to help and inspire people but you have not yet mustered the guts to post them online or courageously publish the book that has always been in you
3) You have talents (singing, dancing, writing, sewing, hosting, teaching etc) that you can use as a volunteer in a church, non govt organization to bless people but you are always too busy that they have been dormant inside of you for years
You see, good intentions, preparation and efforts are all important but they will only have great value when you “ship” them – talents, skills, gifts and work – to help and bless others and glorify God.
God has endowed you with precious resources, talents and abilities, but have you started to convert them into your unique vehicles to make a positive difference in people’s lives?
You have it in you to bless people and honor God. Now ship all that God has lovingly imbued in so you can be His reflection of love, kindness, generosity, forgiveness and hope.
There are gifts in our lives whose highest purpose will be served when we give them away. Ship them now. 🙂