When her eyes land on the flowery ocean blue swim cap, she lights up. A friend has offered to buy her first swim cap as a gift, and she emailed two options for Faith to peruse. The first one is solid teal, and she liked it, too. But this colorful, bright-as-a-peacock second choice wins my feisty daughter over.
“How much does each cost?” Faith asks me before taking a bite of breakfast eggs.
I point to the price on the screen.
When she sees her favorite costs more, her lit-up face dims. She sighs and says, “Oh well then, I probably should pick the other
one since it’s less expensive. After all, it’s still very pretty.”
She pauses, eyebrows furrowed. She takes after her mama who sometimes struggles accepting gifts.
“Well, I do really like this blue flowery one. I’d love to have it, but…only if it’s really okay.”
I lean over her shoulder and look in her gray blue eyes,
“Faith, we need to trust our friend means what she says. Sometimes we just need to accept the gift and let that be the end.”
It can be hard to say ‘yes’ to a gift, especially when we know what it costs the giver. Even if the giver assures us they are thrilled to bless, we hesitate. We feel shy, prideful, and worry this might put them out. Sometimes we’ll even choose the cheaper option, even if it isn’t the one we like best. Or we’ll just say no and wave it away.
Now if the gift is inappropriate or comes with strings attached, by all means say no. But true gifts are given with open hands and open hearts. They bless.
The beauty of this Thanksgiving and Christmas season is God already gave the gift, Jesus born in a humble stable. His presence in our lives is grace, rest, and salvation. He is the hope of glory. We don’t have to do anything for it because it’s already done. We just need to trust the Giver means what He says, which of course He does.
We just have to accept it.
Is it sometimes hard for you to accept gifts, especially more costly gifts?
Compassion International has a team of bloggers in Peru right now. And y’all, the bloggers are doing an incredible job of telling the people’s stories as well as how Compassion brings them hope in the name of Jesus. All the posts can be found nice and neat over here. Give yourself a gift and read one or two?