Gifts. Everybody loves them, don’t they? They make us feel special and loved. They remind us that someone cares enough about us to go to the effort of giving. Gifts are a tangible love language that know no boundaries. Amish or English, child or adult, we all love gifts. And it does not seem to matter which side of the gift we are on. I love to see the look on someone’s face or the sparkle in their eyes when they open a gift. Giving brings joy to the giver as well as the receiver.
Yet not every gift is of equal value. Regardless of how much is spent, the true value is defined in the heart of the recipient. A small child may be thrilled to receive an ordinary stuffed animal, and will likely treasure it and hold tightly to it, carrying it everywhere he goes. Just try taking it from him and see the tears flow. It is a valuable gift to him, even though it may mean nothing to someone else.
Some gifts are bigger than we could ever imagine. I have received a few of those in my lifetime. I have heard of other people being gifted that way as well – an all-expense paid vacation, contractor fees waived on construction of a new home, or a new vehicle to name a few. For some that larger than life gift may be a bag of groceries at just the right time, an offer of childcare for the stressed out parent, or a clean bed to sleep in at night instead of outside on the cold cement. These all meet needs and fill the heart with such gratitude – usually.
Sometimes our pride gets in the way, doesn’t it? We may feel someone is taking pity on us, or that we’re just fine on our own, or we’re embarrassed and feel guilty because there’s no way we can return the favor, or we feel it’s a handout. But isn’t that why it’s called a gift in the first place? A gift means something is given without any expectation of being paid back. And when the gift is rejected, it can leave the giver with a sense of sadness.
Imagine you have the greatest gift you could give someone whom you love very much. You give it to them, only to hear them say they do not want it or do not need it. Isn’t it like that when we push away God’s gift to us – His son, Jesus? No other gift compares to the gift of life God gives us through Jesus. Don’t reject it. Accept it and feel the joy of a Father who delights in giving His child the best gift He could ever give.
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15
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