“The truest gift is not chosen by the receiver but bestowed by the Giver.”
I created this quote after contemplating a conversation I recently had with a coworker, Jon. Jon and I were discussing holiday gifts. He said he found it odd that people make lists to tell people what they want. He said that a gift is something that the other person gives you and part of that gift is figuring out why they felt you might have wanted that gift or what the message might be in the gift.
Thinking back on that conversation, I realized that our talents and gifts, much like a holiday gift, are something that we should see as having been bestowed on us. We should not look at what others have been given and say- I wish so much I had that gift instead of what I have been given. Each of us has a talent, an offering, something we can contribute to society and share with others. Our Maker infused each of us with these wonderful talents and part of our calling in life is to determine what some of those strongest gifts may be. If we do not use those gifts for good, or if we aren’t grateful for them, we are devaluing the gift on some level.
And as my mother once told me when I was too proud to accept something from her… “Rejecting the gift saddens the giver.”
May we all be thankful and work with our gifts and may we also be people characterized by giving.