Life Is A Gift

I was reminded the other day of something I had read in The Shattered Lantern by Ronald Rolheiser. He said…

The original sin of Adam and Eve, the prototype of all sin, is presented as a failure to be receptive and grateful.

Just think about it for a second. God creates Adam and Eve and places them in the garden where they are surrounded by unmistakable beauty and all the goodness of life. They are experiencing the fullness of life, the way it was intended to be and are promised it will continue…under one condition. Just don’t eat the fruit of a certain tree.

However, we all know they would eventually fail to receive life as a gift and instead try to seize it as if it were owed to them.

When I think of my own life and the sin that often creeps in, it usually begins with my failure to see life as a gift.

My lust.
My pride.
My anger.
My lack of forgiveness.

It’s all the overflow of a heart which begins to believe that something is “owed” to me and it keeps me from being fully present and appreciative of what I have.

I’m wondering how different today would be for each one of us if we seek to go through this day to day viewing our life, our circumstances, our relationships, and yes, even our hardships and challenges as gifts. As opportunities to be the men or women God has created us to be.

Today I seek to be receptive, grateful and simply present.

3 Responses to “Life Is A Gift”

  1. Love this! Living life, fully present. Accepting each trial, challenge, situation… albeit good, bad, hard, painful, fun… as a gift. Every single thing we deal with or face is an opportunity to know Christ, to be Christ to someone in need of hope. It’s a chance to grow. I think when you live in light of eternity, it’s easier to do this. Not easy, but easier. I know for myself, I can face trials knowing this is not my final destination. God is preparing me for what is yet to come. Therefore, my hope is in Him, not in things or in this world. If I thought “this life” was all there is, well, I’d give up now. It’s just too hard. Thankfully, someone told me about Jesus and it changed my life forever. Now, if I can just do the same for someone else… tell them about Jesus. Or better yet, show them Jesus. This is how we let hope in. Thanks Pete!

  2. Heidi says:

    As an alcoholic, I find that gratitude for what I had was the first thing to dissolve in the spirits.

    My sponsor often says, “I thank God for what He has given, for what He has taken, and for what He has left.”

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