The Gifts of life

I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else. C.S. Lewis

I was thinking and wondering, that it is nice to get a gift from someone. Just a feeling of surprise i guess. When we are children we look upon the gifts with big expectations and wonder, even if that was just a small toy. But from that small toy we can get huge amount of imagination and create a “life story”. When we where kids we use to have much bigger imagination, and wonder about everything in life. We did not worry about anything. Did you notice,when we where kids we where much closer to God,then when we are adults, adults are to skeptical. And while we grow older, we neglect that joy in our life and we don’t know even how to be deliriously happy like a little children, we use to be. Even when someone surprise you with a gift, we look at it with taught, is it expensive , or how useful it might be. But what if i told you that God give us more then 600 gifts, and each of them are stored deep inside of you to discover it for yourself. Trough our lifetime, we are discovering them , some by accident and some by seeking them. But they are given by God to be found. So, open your heart for God to open it for you, don’t fight him, just surrender to him.

Let me Help you to sum up the 12 Gifts of life :

  1. The gift of Work :
Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

People underestimate the good old hard labor, it is God given. And until we learn to get tired to earn even a little, we will not appreciate the big things. Believe me, i have seen milliners over night, but they are broth back to the point where they started,and in some cases even lower. ” they say, if you spread all the money in the world equally for everyone to have, soon enough, it will come back to the same pockets” But on the end of the day work hard and smart, these days everyone likes to talk about working easy and smart, there’s no such a thing. Whoever have something in his life, he or she have it with hard work. So whatever you do, work like you are working for the Christ himself.

2. The Gift of money :

Mathew 6:19-20, Jesus says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

Money is not evil, as most people tend to believe. But , there is a thin line between obsession for money and working for money. If you are obsessed, then there is something that is holding you to look only to the money,while your life is passing trough. Spend money rationally and reasonably. There are so much better things in life to spend your money on,then on material things. Educate yourself, improve yourself , give to someone in need and i guarantee you, you will get double. Share it with your family. So, spend money wisely. Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

3. The Gift of friends :

John 15:12-15. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.

To find a friend these days in this immoral generation is very hard, and specially an honest one. Well, your best friend is God, your best companion in life, there is no one equal, the best partner for life. And if you trust him,he will find for you more friends , just follow him. The picture above represents, the loyalty of a dog, and a love of a human baby that is not corrupt by the society. And you need both loyalty and pure love, to have pure friendship. Do not waste your time with “friends” that want you only until they need you. How to recognize a good friend ? Well…watch the fruits that he is leaving behind him, good friend cant produce bad fruit,and bad friend cant produce good fruit, look at his work/actions. But , for a true friend you need to be like with yourself, honest and loving. It is a rare gift, use it wisely.

4. Gift of Learning :

Proverbs 16:16 says that having wisdom and understanding is better than having silver or gold. Nice and expensive items can be enjoyable, but there are very few things in life that can never be taken away, will never go out of style, and that truly make you a better person. An education is one of those things.

Freedom of learning is really one of the few things that humans can enjoy for free. It doesn’t cost anything to set your focus on some topic,or education goal and read,read,and read about whatever you want. Learn in life good and bad things, you need both to live life on this planet. Above all learn what you want to learn and that means, that you don’t brainstorm things that are useless, and not important. I use to read a lot of “self-help” books until i figure out its useless. The only book that really stick and i can use it for everything in my life, that’s the Gods word the Bible. If you need to learn about yourself, business, how to love, marriage, how to live life that is free and beautiful. My recommendation will always be, The Bible.

5. The Gift of Problems :

Nehemiah 8:10 Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Exodus 15:2 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory

The point is, no matter the problems are, they will give you wisdom for the future. They will give you experience, and knowledge for the future in life. If the things were easy, leave that to somebody else, because that experience don’t worth much. In the middle of all the problems you are facing, there is gigantic figure of the God the Christ who can help you in all your ways. I Was running away from him most of my life, when i got tired i just told him,take it away, Guess what ? He did just that. He didn’t promise me that my life will be milk and honey, but he promise me that no matter what i am facing, he will stand beside me as my protective shade, and he will never leave me. Problems are good, face them ( you’re not alone) .

6. The Gift of Family :

“Honor your father and your mother so that your life will be long on the fertile land that the Lord your God is giving you.” — Exodus 20:12

Family unity is very important, it is the foundation of everything you do. Appreciate the days that God has given you and show him your devotion by honoring the gift that he gave you: your mother and father. From the unity of the family, you can learn everything about life. God create the family and his works, can be seen. If the family don’t go inline with Gods, you can see disorder, lack of love,lack of attention etc. But if you are about to have a family, don’t waste time and start by getting advice’s from the God who create them in the first place. Friends come and go, but family sticks with you during the hardest of times.

7. The Gift of laughter :

Genesis 21:6 “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.

Laughter is healthy for us, it depicts our inner condition. Fake laughter is just completely opposite. But real genuine smile, and laughter cleans the soul and brings joy. And my advice to you is, you should laugh every day, no matter whats the situation is at your job, or neighborhood, or at home. Because God is in control of everything in your life, there is no better shepherd then him. Trust him, and he WILL bring joy in your life. Do not forget to enjoy the little things in life.

8. The Gift of Dreams :

Hebrews 10:35-36
“So, do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.”

It is amazing how humans have the freedom to dream, and we often dream about anything when we are children. Adults are “kill joy” regarding that. But who stay in his heart like a child, for sure he will have clean heart. We feel free when we dream about what ever we want. And that is the ability nobody else has but US humans. Use it, in your benefit to prosper in every way, consult yourself with God and he will make your path straight . But be pure in your heart, and don’t dream how you gonna be a billionaire. If you get closer to God, he will get closer to you. And your dreams will never stop. There is a big difference in corrupt dreams,and pure one. Why we never dream about how to help a complete stranger ? … i will leave that tough to you.

9. The Gift of Giving :

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.Luke 6:38

Giving is a selfish act believe or not, because the more we give with open hands without holding back or regretting no matter the outcome, i guarantee you, you will receive something you cant buy with any earth riches. That is something that we are tested here on earth , that even if we don’t have much, there is ALWAYS somebody who don’t have even that little. So be generous with all your heart, and do not regret it. The heavenly father will bless you beyond measure. We encounter every single day, somebody who is in need of something, maybe it is just smile, maybe it is just listening, or even kind word to a stranger, or even money. But whatever it is, give with your full heart.

10. The Gift of Gratitude :

Philippians 4:6-7
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

In this century i have heard a lot of famous people that give thanks to the “universe”. I don’t know about that, but i am sure in my life, that you need to give thanks to only one, the creator of heaven and earth and all ,living seen and unseen. To the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Do not be ashamed to Give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ , the one who sacrifice himself for all of us. For that only, we should give thanks every single day. For the health he have given us, for our family’s, for our jobs, for the food on our table. He is responsible for all the good in the world and in us. ( the verse that is above, apostle Paul was writing to the church in pilippians, and he was writing the letter from the prison cell, that is deep under ground. My point is, that he was thankful very much, even from the prison cell. )

11. The Gift of Day :

Psalm 118:24
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it”.

All the philosophers and the people of the Book are telling you to seize the day. What that means ? Well… that means to live your life fearless with full of believe and hope for the better tomorrow. It is a different story when you wake up every day wanting more money,and it is different to wake up every morning to think about how to be better husband,father, provider, neighbor. So what gets you going ? I can tell you for sure the money will not do the trick… Famous actor ones says : ” I wish everyone have nice cars and to become millionaires, so that they found out, that is not it” . So use the day to improve yourself, help someone, spend more time with your true friends and with your family. Picture above depicts father and daughter , you can see father is very young but he seize the day by taking his daughter to the beach, he benefit himself to be more responsible and better parent, so he can pass the responsibility and duty to his daughter, so one day she can be parent her kids deserve. “carpe-Diem “.

12. Gift of Love :

1 Corinthians 13:4-5: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

This topic, a lot of people are taking for granted, because they love everything. But it is much more deeper than that.We all must have faith, hope, and love, but love is the greatest gift of all. Where there is love, there is also faith and hope. Without it, our life’s would be very hard, everyone is seeking love from everything and from everybody. Nobody describes Love like apostle paul on the verse above. Love is Patient – if you love, you need to be patient with people you love all the time, and even more sometimes with people you don’t know, for if you love, you will have that in you for everybody. Love is Kind –Be kind to everybody, when you are at home,when you are out or standing in line somewhere, kindness is the most underestimated act that is very expensive. Love never envy or boasts because it is pure and always is in service to help people we love,it is not proud of anything but it humbles it self so it may serve good for others, it does need to dishonor others or people we care about, but it is gentle , it is not self-seeking , and today love is self seeking because we love more ourselves then others which is sad. Love is never angered because it contains only love, and for any other bad emotions don’t have “space” , it dos not keeps record of wrong and bad , but it moves one to love, love don’t care if you made any mistake. Because love don’t depend on you or me, it simply Loves, Love is Love.

So, lady’s and gentlemen, use God given gifts to your benefit, but always have council with him, he will help you and strengthen you. Be wise in your choices and your priorities . And always , put God first in everything you do.

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God bless.

Author : @miloscrnogorcevic

Published by Milos Crnogorcevic

My name is Milos, and I am in martial arts for 20 years, my biggest hobby is book reading and study. I love to help people with things that I write, about life, fitness, and personal development, and faith. If I can help just one person to be better I already change the world.

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