Earlier this week I was doing laundry, not the usual socks, shirts, pants and other stuff, but my son’s hockey equipment. He is going to a hockey tournament this weekend and traveling with some friends of ours so in an attempt to make the 12+ hour car ride a little more palatable for our friends I washed his stinky, smelly, sweaty gear. As I was washing it and setting it out to dry I happened to notice the tags on a couple of the items. Along with the brand name and manufactured contents was the country of origin where it was made. Now with hockey gear you would expect something like Canada, USA or Minnesota or something cold weather region similar. Instead where was his popular branded gear from: The Philippines. Yes, his ice hockey gear was made in a tropical climate that never gets even remotely close to temperatures cold enough to make the ice required to actually use the gear. The irony did not escape me.
I have to confess I’d always taken for granted where the stuff came from and made an assumption that it must have come from someplace where they actually play the sport. Well obviously in today’s global economy and off shore outsourcing I was wrong.
That got me thinking about our attitudes towards God and the blessings and gifts that He gives us. Just like my assumption of where the hockey gear came from, don’t we sometimes tend to take those for granted and make assumptions about God’s gifts as well?
Every good gift and every perfect (free, large, full) gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of all [that gives] light, in [the shining of] Whom there can be no variation [rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [as in an eclipse]. James 1:17 (The Amplified Bible)
It is very easy in the middle of our busy lives and in the midst of enjoying and using the end result of those gifts that we forget and take for granted where they come from. James reminds us that EVERY gift comes from the Father. I love that the Amplified also notes that the very same gift is both free and full. It is not something we earned or something we purchased. We couldn’t afford it as it is priceless. Those gifts in our lives are given to us freely and openly by God but how often we take them for granted.
When was the last time you thanked God for your spouse, family, job, house/apartment, health, etc? Each and everyone one of those things is a gift given to you as part of God’s plan for you.
Let’s be thankful not just today but every day for all of the gifts that God has given us.