I don't know about you, but when someone offers me a "free gift" I'm always skeptical. My Grandmother used to say "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is."
A friend recently shared with me that she got "free makeup". Her husband argued that it would not be free, and she would be charged. When it came in the mail, she held it up. "See, I told you it was free."
Later that month, her husband called to tell me the company is now charging their credit card monthly for the "free make-up" his wife received.
This morning however, I did receive a "free gift."
Several weeks ago I scheduled two appointments at the same time. I sometimes forget to update both the calendars I have. One is in my purse, the other on my desk. After several phone calls, I was able to move one appointment to a different time, allowing the second appointment to happen. This morning, the second appointment canceled. That left three hours on my appointment book free. I took a deep breath and smiled.
When I was much younger time really didn't mean that much to me. It was just "something that happened."
Today, I treasure every minute of everyday. I still cram 32 hours into 24 everyday, but I try not to take anything or anyone for granted.
I cherish every moment the Lord gives me.
I pray I will use the three hours, the "free gift" I received this morning just as the Lord intended.
James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.