The Red Box . . . Gifts of the Day

The Red Box. It’s become an icon in our household, hung by the front door, strategically placed to be seen from the street.  In fact, hanging the Red Box was one of the first chores to be completed when we moved into our “new” old-house.  And.  Madelyn has made it her first priority to find the gift in the Red Box.  She knows there will be . . .  a love note, an edible treat, a sticker . . . some little gift with a written plan describing the events of the day.  The Red Box has become a part of the routine of our day.

The thing is . . . I’ve learned there’s a gift to be found in each day . . . regardless of what must be faced.  And, yet, when we’re consumed with the stuff, when we’re pressed under our circumstances, when we’re in the difficult places of life, we tend to miss the good and perfect gifts of God.  We must get into the routine of looking for what more God has for us, rather than settling into a rut, allowing circumstances to delineate the way our day will be managed.

The promise found in the book of James needs to be underlined in the course of our day:

Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.He chose to give birth to us by giving us his true word. And we, out of all creation, became his prized possession.(James 1: 17-18, NLT)

Living as a prized possession of God changes the way we see life, giving us the mindset there are good and perfect gifts to be received each day.  So.  How are the gifts of the day to be seen and received?

It can’t be said enough– Seek God first!  That’s it, choose to do what Jesus said: But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33, NIV).

 When we seek God first, we’ve stepped into the “more” of the day, positioned to receive all God has planned.  As we get into a routine of setting our mind on things above, opening our heart to live in faith not by sight, choosing an attitude like Christ, establishing the confidence we’re His prized possession, we will live beyond circumstances and whatever has been put upon us.

  • Get in the routine of looking for the gifts of the day.
  • Seek God first.
  • Receive the good and perfect gifts God has for you in the day.

Learning to Kickstart the day looking for the gifts of the day,

(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

Madelyn and I on the porch, checking the Red Box, anticipating something will be inside of it.

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