Have you ever been gifted something so unexpectedly that it makes you laugh out loud? It’s called ridiculous generosity and I’m still laughing about it.
This week, I received a gift that was very unexpected from someone in my husband’s extended family. We had had some good conversation at the last Christmas party and out of the blue, he thought enough to send a gift he thought I might enjoy. How great is that? It was so great, it made my day!
Last week, on vacation, I went out to my Jeep to get something out of it and someone gifted me with two little yellow rubber ducks on the hood of my car! Again, laugh out loud generosity.
I’m a giver and so not very often am I the one on the receiving end of things. –At least, I didn’t think so until I started writing this post, because it has changed my perspective.
I love to giving gifts to others and I’ve been known to be ridiculous a time or two myself and it is a lot of fun. I give of my time, make gifts for others and donate to causes and surprise people with gifts. It makes you feel great.
Are you a giver? Do you ever give gifts without counting the cost? Has someone ever popped in your mind and you thought, “I should send them something.” Man, what a difference it will make in the way I give going forward.
Then, it made me think: Jesus does this for us all the time. How unexpected and limitless are his gifts to us. How much they cost him….his very life. Are we appreciative? Are we grateful?
Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.2 Corinthians 9:6-7
I get gifts from others all the time although, I am not always grateful, I admit it. Sometimes gifts are given so often that I take them for granted. To be honest, every day is a gift. Every conversation with a loved one is a gift. We just get to the point where we start taking them for granted and we don’t appreciate them. The unexpected gifts catch us by surprise, though, don’t they?
I never want to get to the point where I take anything for granted. I want to appreciate even the smallest gift. My husband cut me some flowers from our garden this week and put them on the kitchen table in a vase. They were so beautiful! I didn’t even say thank you, because they were from our garden. He does it all the time. But he was giving me a gift, that I didn’t appreciate.
Let us be mindful of all the gifts we are given, in the unexpected as well as the everyday. God’s generosity is ridiculous. Let us be grateful in everything. Let us give ridiculously to everyone we know. Count it all as ridiculousness. Follow God’s lead. Give from the heart without counting the cost.
Like all the other posts on my website: Make ridiculous generosity a habit. Schedule it in your day. Put it in your planner or calendar. Make someone else laugh out loud. I appreciate you. God bless. –Barb