Finding Your True Gifts

By Mikayla Askey, NALJA director

What is a gift? A gift could be something that you give someone, like a birthday or Christmas gift. It could be a natural talent or ability that you possess, such as playing a musical instrument or showing cattle. Or a gift could also be something you cherish, such as the gift of friendship.

How do you define the gifts in your life? What would you consider the best gift you have ever received?

Gifts are unique and hold a special meaning for each of us. The best gifts in life are not always store bought. Gifts may not be easily gained but instead may take hard work and determination, which makes the gift even better.  

As I reflect on my life, I know that I have been blessed with many gifts. These include supportive family and friends, the ability to raise and show livestock, my ability to play violin and the opportunities I’ve been given to be in FFA, a member of the NRS Show Team and NALJA Board.

As I get older it is becoming clearer that we shouldn’t take the gifts we are given for granted. Time passes quickly and it is important to give thanks daily for your blessings.

NALJA members as a whole benefit greatly from the gifts we receive from the donors and sponsors who believe in us. This is evident in those who have provided donations throughout the year and most recently for the CornerPost Fundraiser and Genetics on Ice auction held during Cattleman’s Congress. Please be sure to thank all our supporters and recognize them for their ongoing gifts.

Take time each and every day to reflect on the gifts you have been blessed with in your life.

“Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all.” – James 1:17

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