Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
If you’ve ever had a two-year-old, spent time around a two-year-old, or have even been a two-year-old, you probably know that one of their favorite words is “mine!”
All of the snacks in the pantry? Mine! The toys that went unnoticed until someone else wanted to play with them? Mine! Mom when she shows affection to anyone else? Mine! As early as toddlerhood, we develop a very keen sense of what we think belongs to us and don’t always steward it properly.
While we might mature in our ability to share our toys, we often can struggle to have a right understanding of our gifts. James reminds us in this verse that every good and perfect gift comes from God.
Whether it’s friends, family, wealth, success, health, talent, breath in our lungs, or any other good thing, it came directly from the Giver Himself. Knowing that our gifts are not earned by own merit, our hearts should be grateful, and we should be quick to share our gifts freely with the world around us.
Thought of the day: We serve a very generous God. Does your heart reflect a posture of gratitude towards Him? Are there good things in your life that God might want you to share with others?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the way You love me and the ways You have blessed me. Help me to use my gifts for Your glory. Amen.