The McDonald’s gift card I had lingered in my car for weeks. After politely thanking Diane, I doubted I would ever use it. Then this morning, after a very early start, I wanted a second breakfast to tie me over until lunch. Thus instead of ignoring our local fast food franchise, I zipped through the drive up window and ordered two small items. This left a couple of dollars on the card. Sensing that the card, now with even less value would linger even longer, I asked the cashier to use the balance to buy someone a cup of coffee. Not to merely dispose of the card, but to do something unexpected and nice for someone else.
The car immediately behind me ordered more than my card could cover, thus the cashier opted to apply it to the second car in line. I suppose I could have lingered and watched the recipient’s expression as the cashier explained that the gift had been paid. Instead I grabbed my hot sandwich and dashed onto my next appointment.
God’s gift of grace is like this, it arrives before we know that we might need it one day and long before we understand its significance. It is bigger than our own needs, so much so, we can share it with as many others as touch our day. Yet, unlike the gift card I had received, God’s gift never needs recharging.
“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” — 1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)