Be Present For Your Present

James 1:17 says, "Every 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. "

This holiday season, we are reminded of the importance of GIVING. John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world, that He GAVE His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." Not only are we focused on finding that perfect gift for our loved ones, but we are reminded that the ultimate gift was given to us, Jesus Christ.

Towards Christmas, we are accustomed to looking at the things we don't have and making our "Christmas List." What are some
of the things you have on your list? A phone? A new TV? An Airfryer? Whatever it is, we end up getting upset if the items on our list aren't checked off. But let's shift our mindset a little.

In life, we are always focused on the things we don't have, instead of the things we have. How can you expect a present when you aren't grateful or appreciative of the gifts that you do have.

Philippians 4:11-13 says, "Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned
in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me."

With all of life's struggles, I know how hard it is
to focus on the positive, especially when things seem like it's crashing. Rejoice through everything and show gratitude because there is always something to be grateful for.

When we are always focused on what we think we need, we lose sight of what we have and what we could use in our current season.
Sometimes being grateful for the season you are in makes room for more blessings. When you are content, you can use what God has given you cheerfully, therefore allowing God to see your attitude and trusting you to receive more .

1 Thessalonians 5:16 says, "Be cheerful no matter what."

Being grateful for what you have allows you to be present to receive your present.