“Every Good Gift”
by Carol Conroy
The Bible says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James) That means that every good thing you have ever received, was given to you by God! It’s safe and can never be taken away, if you know it.
Things may appear to come through some person, but it was God who impelled that person to give the gift We need to thank the person sincerely, but be sure to acknowledge God as the source, and give Him the glory This is taking it out of the material realm, and putting it in the spiritual realm, where it belongs If we see something as coming from a person, we’ve tainted it by materializing it, and it usually doesn’t last.
Sometimes gifts that come from a person can come with strings attached We’ve all felt an uneasiness when something is done for us out of guilt, or with some motive to manipulate or obligate Often, in such cases, if we didn’t respond in the way the person expected, human love likely turned quickly to other human qualities — resentment and hatred But with God, there is “no variableness neither shadow of turning” Whatever God gives is from pure love and could never be contaminated by human emotions or material thinking.
Our needs are not for material things, but for the spiritual things of God — for inspiration, peace, joy When we realize this and look to Spirit for all good, our eyes are opened to see even more abundant good in our lives Then we don’t feel that we owe anyone anything — the only thing we owe is our obedience and faithfulness to God.