Do you like gifts? Do you feel the same as you did when you were a kid? Do you look at the wrapper with anticipation, knowing that, whatever might be underneath it, even the mystery produces anticipation?
Or has time dulled the excitement? Is a gift just another item that you probably don’t want or need? Are you already trying to figure out how long you have to display it before you can get rid of it, even before you have unwrapped it?
I know you are probably imagining the upcoming Christmas season (October is only days away, and some stores already have Christmas items up), but not all gifts come only during holidays.
The future is a gift. It is covered, there is no way to know what it holds, and it is waiting to be unwrapped. How do you look at the future? Is it like a kid, with excitement and anticipation? Or does a sense of dread surround it?
However you currently look at the future, it is wrapped up. There is a ribbon around it, and a bow on top. But how does your future look? Is it dull, like looking at it in twilight? Or is it bright and shiny, like looking at it on a summer’s day? How does it feel? Is it wrinkled like it was carelessly wrapped? Or is it smooth to the touch? Is the ribbon a bright color? What is written on the wrapping? Are there words of promise and wonder, giving you a sense of excitement at what it holds?
The future is a picture in your mind of what might happen. The past is set in stone, it cannot change. The future whatever you want to make of it. The present is the time to start making those changes so your future can be unwrapped in new, bright, amazing ways.