The Unopened Gift

I am always on the lookout for a good writing pen. (Though most of my writing is done on a keyboard.) And when I say a “good” pen, I am not necessarily speaking of an expensive one. When I am with my peers, I always look to see what  pen they are using. You never know when a better pen comes along and I might need to change.

penSeveral years my son bought a nice pen/pencil set as a Christmas gift. I really liked it but I put away in my desk, fearing to use it  “every day”. I was afraid that I might lose them; which is a good possibility for me. Though it is safe while in my desk, I never get the enjoyment of using it. Often when a family member dies, the family will go through the belongings that were left behind. Many times they will find a gift that has never been opened or an heirloom that was handed down but the rest of the family was totally unaware of it.

1 Peter 4:10 is an interesting verse: “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another; as good stewards of God’s varied grace..”  Two obvious observations: Every Christ-follower has been given at least one gift and secondly the gift was given to us to use; not hide. 

In the parable of the talents, the servant that was judged, was the one who hid his talent. He was not judged for doing bad things but for doing nothing. Fear is not an adequate excuse for an unopened gift. There is no tragedy like the tragedy of the unopened gift. Some will go to their grave and never unwrap their gift.

A Great Age

“Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age… “And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.”Acts 2:36-38

Many of a godly characters in Genesis –  Noah, Abraham,  and host of others, did their best work in their senior years. Moses and Joshua were in their eighties when God called them to a new work. In Luke 2, Anna was in the temple serving and the Bible says she was “of great age.”  Remember when our kids were growing up and at some point in their lives we would comment “what a great age” to be. Translated we mean that they have accomplished some  milestone and their future is full of possibilities and promise.

But how can Anna be described as “of great age” when most of her life is behind her? It’s great because the years help us mature in love, thoughtfulness, and wisdom. We have accumulated experiences of a lifetime and a history in our walk with God.

In God’s sight, old age is a great age. As I come to the end of life’s race, I want be life to count.