Our gifts are not always received.
I thought of my Grandma Thelma, and the countless number of blankets and items she crocheted. I wonder if she prayed prayers over them too? I am positive that every stitch was with love. I remember one in particular. I wanted a "Strawberry Shortcake Kid" so bad. All my friends had them, Blueberry something or another, peach something...who knows, it was so long ago, but all my friends had one. They were all scented too, so when my friends would come over, I would be envious of their dolls...wishing I had one, but we were too poor to afford them. My Grandma was poor also, but she crocheted me a Purple Plum Shortcake doll. It wasn't the same, and I remember I was not appreciative of it. I didn't show all my friends, because really...all it would do was show them I was too poor to have a real one. I was ashamed, and I tossed it in the corner when my friends would come over.
Just like that bag of gifts I came across that I had made.
I wish I had that doll back....because now that I know what I know, I understand that that doll was way better than any commercially fabricated machine made replica of a true Grandma's love...
I of course thought of the gifts that God gives us that we toss in the corner. God has blessed us with so many things, and we throw them in the corner with the rest of the stuff we don't know what to do with. Maybe instead, we could embrace those gifts. Maybe we can help others with those gifts? Maybe they will throw it in a corner for another day, but the point isn't what others do with your gift, it's what you do with your gift.
Now that I know what I know...sometimes we search for things that are nothing but commercially fabricated machine made replica's of a true God's love.
I'm reminded of the scripture that tells us not to hide our lights under a lamppost. Sometimes it's easy to want to take our gifts and hide them....it's a lot easier, that is for sure, because with the gift of giving, comes the pain of rejection. Jesus gets it....so don't feel alone in this. We can certainly let rejection shut us down, and make us quit using our gifts...or we can keep doing what we love.
Keep sharing your gifts...and keep giving them to others, even if they throw them in a corner.
Scripture Study: Matthew 5; Luke 11