For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. (John 3:16)Have you received the gift? Living in our hearts is the gift of Christ‘s love when we open our hearts to Him. Do you know Him? What will you do with your gift from God? Will you open it? Will you use it for God’s glory or keep it for yourself? A gift can never be used nor appreciated until it is first opened and you see what is inside. Open your heart to Jesus and discover His gift of love. Then pass it on. St. Teresa of Kolkata opened the gift. This gift took her to India where she served the poorest of the poor, eventually preaching the Gospel around the world. Her words spoke volumes. Her spoke actions even louder. St. John Paul II opened the gift. This gift brought unity among the Body of Christ where division once resided. Our world was never the same. He is remembered for the love of Christ he bestowed. St. Thérèse, the "Little Flower,” opened the gift. She knew that she could do nothing on her own, so she learned to depend on God for all. She is known for her Little Way. St. Paul opened the gift. Saul the persecutor became Paul the preacher. He used the gift for God‘s glory. He wrote most of the New Testament, under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. His words still lives in the hearts of Christians to this day. You also are given the gift from God. You carry this gift within your heart. Grow the gift and treasure the gift. Open the gift. Then share the gift. It is the greatest gift of all, the gift of Christ love. Remember this gift is not yours alone. It is a gift given to you from God to share. What message will you give the world? What fruit will you bear? What change will you bring? You will never know until you open the gift. What are you waiting for? Dear Jesus, You are the greatest gift of all. Thank You for creating us. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. May we get to know You better each day. May we live our lives for You. May we discover our gifts and share them with our world.
Copyright 2019 Ellen Mongan
About the Author
Ellen Mongan, a Catholic writer and speaker, has been married more than 40 years to Deacon Pat Mongan. They have 7 children and 12 grandchildren. Ellen is a host of WOW Radio Podcasts, a religious columnist for the Augusta Chronicle, and has spoken on both radio and television. She is the founder of Sisters in Christ, Little Pink Dress Ministry, and Women-Fests.