Mahaney on Receiving God’s Gifts

When a child receives a birthday present accompanied by a card, a wise parent teaches their child to first open the card and read the card and thank the person for the card and gift before opening the gift.  Because, properly understood, gifts should draw our attention to the one giving the gift and create affection for the one giving the gift, not reinforce the self-centeredness of the child.  Each day, I/you/we receive innumerable gifts from God – each and every one intended to draw our attention to God resulting in gratefulness to God.  But how often do I go through my day tearing the wrapping paper off of one gift after another not reading the card – not thanking God.

C.J. Mahaney, Don’t Waste Your Sports

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