Have you ever heard of God winks? I had one yesterday. It’s similar to the concept of a coincidence but more along the lines of a sign from God. I was wondering what I would write about next. The first blog was a little intense so I wanted to talk about something light, fun. However, I was having my first case of writer’s block. I decided to relax and not worry about it and turned on Hulu to watch the movie, “The Ultimate Gift”. After I was into it for a few minutes, I thought I had seen it before. Then I realized I had read the book by Jim Stovall. It was one of those books that had a profound impact on my life; so much so that I gave it to my children and grandson for Christmas. I went to the bookshelf and retrieved the book. And there, to my surprise, tucked under the front cover, was a God wink. (It was an assignment I had given to my Grandson so that I would know he read the book!) And there, too, was what God wanted me to tell you about today! – (More about God Winks in another post.)
The Ultimate Gift in a nutshellFor those who haven’t read or seen it, it’s about our journey through life and the different “gifts” we receive along the way. The following is what my 13-year-old grandson learned. The italics are from the book. The Gift of Work – If you start something, finish it. He who loves his work never labors. The Gift of Money – Money earned is better than money gained by other means. Money is nothing more than a tool. It can be a force for good, or simply be idle. The Gift of Friends – The wealthy person calculates his riches by his friends, not his money. It is a wealthy person, indeed, who calculates riches not in gold but in friends. The Gift of Learning– The journey of education never ends. You can always learn something new if you are willing to listen. Education is a lifelong journey whose destination expands as you travel. The Gift of Problems – Problems can be avoided by exercising good judgment. Good judgment only comes from dealing with problems. Problems can only be avoided by exercising good judgment. Good judgment can only be gained by experiencing life’s problems. The Gift of Family – You can’t choose your family, but you can still make the best of it. Some people are born into wonderful families. Others have to find or create them. Being a member of a family is a priceless privilege which costs nothing but love. The Gift of Laughter – Don’t take life so seriously. Laughter is medicine for the soul. Laughter is good medicine for the soul. Our world is desperately in need of more such medicine. The Gift of Dreams – Faith is all that dreamers need to see into the future. Faith is all that dreamers need to see into the future. The Gift of Giving – To get more out of life, give more of yourself away so it can spread across the world. The only way you can truly get more out of life for yourself is to give part of yourself away. The Gift of Gratitude – When you want something the most, then you realize you already have it. In those times when we yearn to have more in our lives, we should dwell on the things we already have. In doing so, we will often find that our lives are already full to overflowing. The Gift of a Day – Life is made up of a series of days. Those days can be made into anything. Life at its essence boils down to one day at a time. Today is the day! The Gift of Love – Love is both a privilege and an opportunity. The only way to keep it is to give it away. Love is a treasure for which we can never pay. The only way we keep it is to give it away. The Ultimate Gift – Nothing in life is free. You have to earn it. A life lived to its fullest through Jesus Christ is its own ultimate gift. Will you know Jesus as your Savior? Will you tell others so they can live a life of faith? In the end, a person is only known by the impact he or she has on others. What will your legacy be? Until later,
God Bless Us All!