Have you ever played the “Present Game” at a Christmas party? No? Well then, let me explain it. Everyone brings a gift, already wrapped. They go into one big pile. The guests take turns rolling dice until their assigned number comes up. When it does, the guest gets to pick a gift from the pile and unwrap their gift. OR you can steal one from another guest who already got to take a gift and unwrap it, if you like the one that they have better. This means two things:
This game is fun for most people but only because it is a game. In real life, having somebody steal from you is not fun at all. This reminds me of a conversation that I had with my friend, Jenn the other day. We were talking about gifts. Not the store bought kind, but the gifts that we are born with. Gifts are a wonderful thing. They are meant to be shared with the world and are unique to every single person. So it is very frustrating when somebody comes along and sees your gift, decides that they like it better than their own and subsequently tries to steal it. Don’t laugh, it happens all the time and I see it.
It is a sad thing to not realize and use the gifts/talents that you are born with because you are so focused on others’ gifts and coveting them. Not only are you wasting you own special gift, but you are robbing the person you steal from of the joy and purpose of sharing their gift. We are given unique gifts for a reason. We each have a job to do and were given different gifts to help us do those jobs. When we focus on discovering and honing our talents for the purpose for which they were intended, we will be richly blessed. BUT, when we spend our time trying to steal the gifts of others and using them to profit in some way, we will never be blessed. Stealing is never fruitful, so in the words of Jenn, “Get your own gift!” Trust me, your gift is wonderful and will be used to do amazing things if you just take the time to unwrap and use it.