Unopened Gifts

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Unopened Gifts

We don’t often hear people talk these days about being lazy.  Instead, they always talk about how busy they are, reciting the myriad of activities that have taken them captive.  They make it sound as if they are being very productive because they are constantly doing something.

As I was studying about a sloth, I discovered that even in our busyness, slothfulness can thrive, simply because we are failing (or refusing) to do what we should be doing.  For example, a farmer decides that he doesn’t want to harvest the crop.  Instead, he chooses to watch the latest sports team on TV, he goes to the local bookstore in search of a treasure to read, he joins the local men’s club to get some exercise, where he meets another man who encourages him to join the local bingo clubs.  This man finds that he is suddenly busy every night, however, he isn’t busy doing what he should be doing — harvesting his crops.

Proverbs 31:16 (AMP) sheds some interesting light on this subject.  “She considers a field before she buys or accepts it, expanding prudently and not courting neglect of her present duties by assuming other duties.”  Again, we see a pattern here for a sloth — she who doesn’t do what she should be doing is giving herself over to slothfulness.

Have you lost a sense of purpose, zeal, and joy in your life?  Do you feel as it you’re spinning your wheels and going nowhere?  It could be that you’ve opened yourself up to slothfulness in some area of your life.

Busyness can keep us from opening our gifts from the Lord.  Slothfulness can bury our gifts and talents from God.  Sometimes our talent gets buried because we are doing someone else’s will for our life instead of God’s will for our life.  It can cause us to leave our gift unopened.  You can’t treasure an unopened gift because you have no idea what the gift is.  It’s only as you open the gift that you discover what it is, how to use it, when to use it, and then begin to practice using it, perfecting it with constant use.  You learn to fan into flame the gift of God.  (II Tim. 1:6)

I know that in my own life, had I done the will of other people, I could never had opened the gift of writing devotions.  It takes a great deal of time to write devotions, researching each topic, typing them, getting them copyrighted, and posted on my website. Doing someone else’s will would have left this gift unopened, and I would missing out one of the most treasured gifts of my life — a gift I not only enjoy, but find very relaxing and invigorating at the same time.  I share this with you to stir you to thinking about whether you are missing some great treasures in your own life.

Do you have any unopened gifts which need your attention?  Do you need to start fanning the flame of a buried gift to stir it up once again?
© 2004, Stacy R Miller


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Alice
    May 31, 2017 @ 15:27:24

    Fantastic post! I feel convicted now, I’m very good at being busy doing nothing, and what a friend once called justifiable procrastination. I can fill up my day with so many pointless activities, and yet not have the time to do what I really should be doing.


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