The nephew seemed disappointed in what the rich aunt gave him. The aunt could see the frustration on his face and said: “I can tell you did not like the gift I presented to you. I asked if you wanted a big check or a little check.”

“Yes” said the nephew, “but I didn’t know you were talking about patterns on a neck-tie!”

Needless to say, some gifts disappoint. When we expect big things and we get something we didn’t even want instead, the letdown can be huge. What a wonderful thought to consider that God gives us the best gifts. His gifts should never be a let-down.

Consider some of God’s great gifts:

1) The gift of life (Genesis 2:7).

2) The gift of children (Psalm 127:3).

3) The gift of a good spouse (Proverbs 18:22; 19:14).

4) Every good and perfect gift (James 1:17).

5) The higher/greater gift of love (1 Corinthians 12:31).

6) Gift of the Holy Spirit’s presence within Christians (Acts 2:38).

7) The gift of God’s calling being absolutely certain (Romans 11:29).

8) The gift of abilities to serve fellow man (Romans 12:6ff; 1 Peter 4:10) .

9) The ultimate gift of salvation (John 4:10; Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:8).

10) The gift of peace (Philippians 4:6-9).

One can quickly see that the gifts of God should never be a let-down. When one has been blessed by the gifts of God, what a joy! Friends, let us be thankful for the gifts of God and, most importantly, let us be thankful for the Giver who gives them to us!

Chris Kemp is pulpit minister at Northside church of Christ in Mayfield.

Chris Kemp is pulpit minister at Northside church of Christ in Mayfield.