Have you ever "regifted?" Regifting is the term coined by comedian Jerry Seinfeld for giving someone a gift that was first given to you. According to a site dedicated to the "rules" of regifting, more than 50 percent of adults surveyed think regifting is an OK thing to do.
Some of the rules for regifting, according to the site regiftable.com, include not regifting open bottles of wine, partiually used gift cards or reusing the wrapping paper.
As funny as it is that someone actually felt the need to explain those seemingly obvious rules, the basis for regifting is actually given to us in Scripture.
1 Peter 4:10 says, "God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another."
God himself has given each of us gifts that he wants us to regift to others.
God has given each of us special talents, gifts and abilities in order to serve other people. Our gifts aren't for our own benefit and glory; rather, they are to be used for the glory of God and in service to our fellow brothers and sisters.
It is an all-too-common tragedy that people don't use the gifts the Lord has blessed them with. People have talents for singing, acting, cleaning, helping, construction, technology, printing, counseling -- and the list could go on and on.
Whatever gift you have been given -- and you have been given one (look back at 1 Peter 4:10) -- use it. Use it today to brighten someone's day.
Maybe all you need to do is spend some time with someone you know who might be lonely. Maybe you know someone who really could use help around their house. Make the call and go serve them with your skills. Maybe there's someone at your church who doesn't know how to do their taxes. Go help them out.
God has given us all different talents and abilities. No two of us are the same. What is the same, however, is we all will be held accountable for how we use or don't use our talents.
If you want to read a great parable of Jesus about this, read Matthew 25:14-30.
The servant in this story who did not regift his talents was thrown out from the Master, into the place where there is "weeping and gnashing of teeth."
No matter what our talent, God has a plan for how we can use it. But don't wait for a grand message from heaven to get you started. Start somewhere this week. I challenge you to use your time or talent this week for the benefit of someone in need. You, and they, will be glad you did.
If you need a place to get started, our church has posted a list of volunteer opportunities in the Hays area; visit hayschristianchurch.org/volunteer.
Kevin Daniels is pastor at Hays Christian Church. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.