Unwrap Your Gift


Imagine this scenario:

Your father wakes you up and gives you a beautifully wrapped gift.

You say, “Thanks! That is so pretty!”

However, rather than open the gift, you place it on the shelf say to yourself, “Wow! I can’t wait for tomorrow’s gift.”

You go through the whole day, occasionally thinking about the beautiful gift at home. Before climbing into bed, you take another look at the unopened gift. Then drift off to sleep anticipating what might be waiting for you when you wake up.

The next morning, your father wakes you up again. The scenario is closely related to the previous day. The only difference is the fact that you have a brand new, beautifully wrapped gift.

Instead of opening the new gift, you admire it, put it on the shelf next to the other one and anticipate the gift you’ll get the next day.

This is your schedule. This is how you do things day after day. Morning after morning. Gift after gift.

Soon you have an elaborate stash of beautifully wrapped, expensive looking gifts, each of them place on a shelf never to be opened.


By now, you’re probably wondering if there is a point to this scenario. Upon receiving a present, the average person contemplates unwrapping his or her gift before thinking to say thank you, especially if the gift is unexpected. No one would leave presents lying around and never open them. The scenario sounds so far-fetched that it couldn’t possibly be true, right?

WRONG! It is actually a true story. It’s your story. It’s also my story.

Every morning, God gives us a precious gift called Today. The gift isn’t problem free, and there’s no guarantee that we’ll actually live to see Today. Even so, Today is a gift freely given to people, like you and me, who don’t deserve it.

Today is usually wrapped in a beautiful sunrise, and none of our Todays are identical. Unfortunately, rather than unwrap our gift (called Today), we leave it sitting on the shelf. We set it aside and either long for another gifts (called Tomorrow) or think regrettably about past a gift (called Yesterday).

The funny this is this: Tomorrow is not ours, and it never will be. Yesterday is gone, and it will never return.

The only gift we have is the gift of Today. In longing for Tomorrow, we lose sight of all that is readily available to us. When we reminisce about Yesterday, we don’t see the beauty of Today.

Placing our focus on Yesterday or Tomorrow keeps us from seeing the child who needs a hug, the stranger who needs a smile, or anything else that needs our attention Today.

I suppose it makes God kind of sad for us. Every Today that He gives is full of tests, trials, triumphs, victories, opportunities and various surprises, but we miss out because we’re either stuck on the gift that will never be ours or focused on a gift that’s long gone.

I have decided that I am going to start opening my gifts, unleashing my possibilities and seizing Today. I hope you'll do the same

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glmclendon 4 years ago

That was awsome. You put it together and it was so nice. You made me feel good and then you made me feel sad because I saw so much of me right there on paper.

Stay Well

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bearnmom 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This is an interesting concept of how people go through life without realizing what a gift that life is.

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Cherrietgee 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Thanks for reading, bearnmom! I'm so glad you see where I was coming from.

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Cherrietgee 4 years ago from Illinois Author

Thanks, glmclendon! I orginally wrote this for myself when I noticed that days were slipping by as I pined away for the way things used to be. Isn't it amazing how a minor chance in perspective can affect great change.

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MsDora 4 years ago from The Caribbean

Well done, Cherrietgee. When you write for yourself, you have to be honest, and the message reaches other honest people. Its for me, too.

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Cherrietgee 4 years ago from Illinois Author

MsDora, thanks for reading. I'm glad the piece spoke to you, also.

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