Our Gifts Are On Loan

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My family had our Chinese New Year reunion dinner this year at the Church of the Transfiguration. During the dinner, there was a lucky draw. I remember my mother excitedly wishing that we would win something.

Lo and behold, God answered her prayer and gifted us the 2nd prize: some gigantic air fryer worth around 300 bucks.

However, the fryer wasn’t really of any use to us. We didn’t need it and it became a white elephant.

We ended up painstakingly trying to sell it online. After a month, we finally found a buyer and delivered it to him for 280 bucks.

We decided to donate the money back to the Church.

This whole experience reminds me that our gifts from God are on loan. After the long process of helping to store, sell, and delivering the fryer, the profits still went back to the Kingdom.

That much is the same with the tangible and intangible gifts we have. We use them for service and we give them back to God.


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Noel Ethan Tan

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel is a Singaporean working as a rehabilitation counsellor at ACC(S) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre. He is currently doing a part-time Masters Program in Counselling and Guidance at NTU, Singapore. In his church ministry, Noel is currently serving in a young adults' Catholic community called Anawim that does Bible Exegesis. Noel is also pursuing a Certificate in Theology at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15 — “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”

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