The Blessing of Giving.Posted: January 10, 2013
From Keith Anderson.
Chase’s eyes lit up as he ran down the hall and out into the living room to the tree. He scanned the gifts, and crouched down to select a tiny blue wrapped package that he clearly recognized.
He turned and ran halfway back down the hall, where Claire was still toddling her way out from the bedroom.
“Here, Claire, this is for you! Merry Christmas!”
It took my wife writing this on her Facebook wall for me to realize the importance of my son’s actions that morning. Thankfully, I secretly taped the event and was able to go back and watch the lesson my son gave me about giving.
How often are our minds distracted, figuring out tasks that have not gotten done on our to-do lists, worrying about the future (whether it’s what’s for dinner or how our 401K is doing), or spending time contemplating past regrets? How often are we so distracted that we miss the blessings that are taking place right under our noses?
Those special moments that are so easily missed because we are so focused on our own agendas rather than soaking in the wonder of the world around us. Life in the Garden was never filled with deadlines, agendas, and “emergencies,” that consumed daily life. It was God’s creation, in God’s creation, enjoying God’s creation, being grateful for God’s creation.
We are told to live in this world, but not be of it. So what world are we supposed to be of? How do we get back those “Garden moments” and bring heaven to earth, appreciating God’s glory so much that it is just second nature to want others to experience it, too?
For a four year old boy to overlook all of the perfectly-wrapped gifts prepared for him under the tree, to search out the one he had haphazardly wrapped for his little sister was one of the highlights of my Christmas this season.
If we’re not careful, we can become so consumed with the “things” of this world that we miss out on the ways God speaks to us in the small blessings he pours out. We are so programmed to want, and believe that we need, that we overlook how much we have, and more importantly, how much we have to give others. Through Chase, God taught me about gratitude as he shared God’s love, without hesitation, or even knowing he was doing it.
This life is not all about me. It’s about loving and serving others. It’s about overlooking all of the things that I have been consumed with, being grateful for the things that I have been blessed with, and in doing so, serving the way Jesus served. Life is about spreading God’s love naturally, in ways that others can relate to, and allowing God to use me in ways that better serve his kingdom. One blessing at a time.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others. (Mark 10:45)