There is a story of a miser who had a valuable bag of gold coins and in order to keep them safe, he kept them buried in the backyard. Every once in a while he would dig up the coins, marvel at his great treasure, then carefully bury them again. One day a thief, followed him to the secret hiding place and after the owner left, he quickly dug up the treasure and stole away with it. The owner was despondent over his loss. A friend to console him told him, "Just bury a bag of fake gold. You can easily dig it up periodically and marvel over it just as you did the real gold. For all the good the bag of gold did you, a bag of fake gold will do just as well." Seems like a heartless comment doesn't it? But doesn't it ring true?"
Amid the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season, take time to reflect on your true gifts and how you are using them. Are you hoarding them? Are you wishing that you had time and energy to develop them? Do you recognize what they are? Or, have you developed them and put them to use for yourself, for your community, for the world?