E-votional   Receiving and Giving
February 6, 2001
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change." 

-- James 1:17
Gifts are those things in life we both give and receive with excitement and joy.  They come from us and to us, usually with a since of surprise.  We do not often know the real motivation (even though it may be Christmas, a birthday, or an anniversary), yet they come.
Hear the Good News, God loves us so much, he blesses us with moments of awe, that we might come closer to knowing who He is and what He is about.  The perfect gifts in my life, right now would have to be Casey, my wife, and being a part of the current ministry here in Tatum.  I do not mean to say Casey is perfect, though she is close, that Amy is perfect, or that what we do here at TUMC is perfect.  What I mean is that the relationship that each has to another is pure, and from God.  Casey looks at me and the fact she is mine and I am hers, that is perfectly given.  Amy being in my life, I could have asked for nothing better.  Being here in Tatum, what we do and are able to do is truly from God, working within the community as a whole.  As delusional as I may be, from time to time, I will always recognize God's presence in the good.
Lord, whether it is her cheeks rising to a smile, the friendly hello of a stranger or a look which transcends words, the blessings in my life are truly from You.  Help me to not only recognize these, but help me to learn to respond likewise.  Empower me to offer gifts to others, remembering that everything I have comes from you, therefore, it is nothing to give it to another.  Thank You for all You have done in my life, and all You will continue to do, through Christ our Lord I pray.  Amen.