by Anna Nash
Everyone loves to come home to find an unexpected package by their door. When you see the package a quick thought runs through your head. A thought of excitement and anticipation swirls. Who is it from? What could it be? You pick it up, feel the weight, shake it and try to see the return address. Who cares enough about me to send me a package?
This time of year the package is usually a Christmas gift. A gift from someone who thought about you and wants you to know, comes in a bundle of something tangible they thought you would enjoy.
Imagine you opened this gift today and found $24,000. Attached is a note explaining that $24,000 will be deposited into a bank account in your name at midnight every night for the rest of your life. There is just one small catch. After 24 hours the balance of the account will go back to zero. So, basically you have 24 hours to spend the money or it will disappear. The account carries no balance.
I think you can begin to see the analogy. You are gifted 24 hours each day. At midnight the hours you have been given cannot be rolled over. It is not my intention to burden you or make you feel depressed with the “life is short so get out there and do something” message.
Your perspective on the brevity of life changes dramatically through discovering God’s gifts each day, in and through this life He has given you. Instead of seeing the package of time as something you have to do or perform, see it from someone who wants you to know how much He cares about you. His gift to you is uniquely created by Him, for you. We all want to matter. He made us this way. You matter. God wants you to know this.
Finding your greatest worth each day is an adventure as you seek out how He has created you and what amazing things He has for you. Leaving your mark on the world is not a burden but a joy when you see how He has wired you with passions and strengths along the way that can be connected to your call in this life. The greatest investment of the gift of time that doesn’t roll over is finding something to put your hand to that will last forever, to feel like you are making a difference.
So go open your front door, peak outside and you will have the gift of this day waiting for you. Pick it up, unwrap it and ask, “God, what do you have for me this day?”
Oh, and by the way, tomorrow morning when you wake up, go peak again. There will be another package at your door and its from someone who cares deeply about you.
Show me, O LORD, my life's end and the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life. You have made my days a mere handbreadth; the span of my years is as nothing before you. Each man's life is but a breath. Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it. "But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you. Psalm 39:4-7
So don't be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. Luke 12:32