The Gift Card–Good or Bad for our Reputations?

Gift cards are an easy and popular way to exchange presents.

We buy them, give them and assume they’ll be cashed in.

If someone we give a card to neglects to cash it in, that does not diminish the gift.

It just shows a lack of appreciation on their side.

Not that common you say?

A recent Consumer Report study showed that 27% of gift cards given last Christmas are still unredeemed.

That’s $8 Billion dollars worth of merchandise.

I like the idea of getting and giving them, but some find it too impersonal.

In today’s Gospel, we’re reminded of the gift to Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist.

I love how she reacts to this present–her being told by an Angel she is with child.

Check out Luke 1:25

The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days He has shown His favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.

Funny how that which Elizabeth really wanted most, was to have her shame covered.

Don’t we all…

Even though her cause for shame and embarrassment was not from sin, that of being barren, her reputation still meant more than any other possession she held.

Here’s the bottom line…our reputation is property that we must work hard to protect.

Sure, God gives us Salvation through Christ–a job–a home–family etc…but, if we just shove His Edifying Grace away, like it’s no big deal, when the time comes when we really need it, does not putting our hands on it quickly seem a bit elusive?

When you get a gift card treat it like what it really is…valuable.

When God edifies your life and your reputation…do what Elizabeth did…glorify the Father…or as we say today…humbly pass it forward.

You may not have as much time to spend that gift as you think.

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