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Friday, January 15, 2010

Hopping Off The Bike

Last month I had the privilege of participating in a Christmas party for a local children's home. A group of us worked together to purchase gifts for the kids. We presented the gifts to them while hosting a party.

One of the kids we sponsored was 14 year-old *Nathan. I don't know his circumstances. All I know is that they brought him to a children's home. That's all I needed to know.

Our group had purchased a bike for Nathan as well as clothes, some games, and other teen guy things. Each were carefully wrapped with pretty ribbons and bows. Even with all our effort, that huge plastic bag could not disguise the bike.

Nathan's name was called and he was presented the bike. He tore off the plastic bag and rolled the bike towards our table. We thought he was headed to the other bag of gifts. Instead, he walked right out the door.

"Where's he going?"

We followed, braving the cold December air. There in the parking lot was Nathan riding his bike in circles, a huge smile on his face.

We called him back in and said,"That's not all. There's more."

Nathan was just happy to get the bike.

It was all he had wanted.

After a few laps around, he came inside, where he found the rest of the gifts. To my surprise, he was equally amazed at each of them.

We're a lot like Nathan. We accept salvation from God with so much joy and gratitude. In our excitement, we hop on the bike, not realizing there is so much more in store for us.

God wants to say, "Where's she going? Wait! There's more!"

He wants us to accept Him as Savior, but He also wants us to grow, accepting His gifts of the faith.

What gifts are you missing today in your life? Peace? Joy? Contentment? A stronger faith or prayer life?

Keep riding your bike with that smile on your face, but be sure to hop off and accept the rest of God's gifts. You may be surprised at the amazing things He has in store for you.

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first fruits of all he created." James 1:17-18

*Name changed.

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Blogger Denise said...

Be blessed.

January 15, 2010 at 9:29 PM  

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It is good to hear from you... thank you so very much for leaving a note on the table. That makes us smile!

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