Posts Tagged ‘prizes’

You May Have Already Won…!

Fact is, we HAD! My husband brought me a small tub of cream cheese that had been sitting unopened in our ‘frig for a while. On the top of the lid was a peel-off sticker that touted ‘free cream cheese for life!’ to some lucky winner. “Did you see this?” he said.

Now, how many products do we purchase monthly or even weekly that promise a chance at money, tickets, trips or prizes? And how many of those have YOU ever won? Yeah, me too. So imagine our shock when he peeled back the sticker and we read the words, “You are a WINNER! Free cream cheese for life!” (My friend Randy won a trip to the Canadian Rockies… I win cream cheese…sounds about right!) Just one small problem. Upon closer inspection we realized the contest had expired months before. (no, we will not stop to discuss the contents of my refrigerator) We had won a prize, but had never claimed it — and now the opportunity was lost.

What a great reminder! As my friend, co-worker, and sometimes coach Jenny likes to remind me, each of us was created with a unique set of gifts, talents and abilities. They’re like a prize, just waiting for us to claim them. And I believe God has specific purposes for those gifts — lives to influence, people to encourage, joy to share, blogs to write… (thanks, Jenny).

But to each of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it…to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God, and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (Ephesians 4:7;12-13)

As much as I might like cream cheese on my bagel, His gifts are way better! Have you claimed yours? Or are they still sitting in the back of the ‘frig?

Copyright 2010  Mary E. Egidio  Permission is given to distribute this post, with attribution, but not for commercial purposes.  (you can share this with your friends, but tell them who wrote it, where you found it, and don’t try to sell it!)