It is good to be receiving

We are invited to a dinner tonight. It is a family of my husband’s colleagues who are hosting the dinner.

After the Christmas season, trying to find out what everyone wanted and trying to place orders so things arrived on time( including for the cat), it is nice to be invited out. I can relax and be the receiver. As I write this post, I feel I must be selfish to even feel this way.

Giving is supposed to be selfless and make one happy and it does make me happy but sometimes one gets tired of it as I am now.

How different I am from our God who gives and gives and I take and take and take and am eternally dissatisfied.

A few days back we hosted a Secret Santa party at our home for the neighborhood children. After the party, we gave them return gifts. Many of the children returned the gifts on the spot and said, they didn’t want them and they wanted other gifts. Some of the children took the gifts outside and opened the wrappers and the next day we found the gifts on our verandah.( we took them back in and are using them now). Are we like that too in the heavenly realm of things ?

My prayers are mostly asking things from God- give me this and give me that. When I get something, my answer is usually- I didn’t ask for this- I wanted something else.

Today I think I will enjoy the party, even though the night will be cold and the roads crowded. For I will not be the hostess today.

 

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15 thoughts on “It is good to be receiving

  1. Interesting though. I have worked with children and haven’t ever seen them not like a present but I have seen them attack the present giver…sometimes with kindness or in one case, when it was chocolate, they overwhelmed the little kindergartner. Yes, as adults we hide our feelings if we don’t like the present or the person handing out the gift. Very true.

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  2. Do you live on an expatriate housing area? I had some teacher friends who lived on this base or area in the Emirates and it sounded like one may have had a similar experience. I guess it is in the way you raise the child. Anyway, enjoy the holidays.

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  3. How many children came to your party? They seemed very ungrateful. I’m glad you are having a night out after your busy time of tending to everyone else. I spent all afternoon baking three coffeecakes, so it was wonderful that we went out for barbecue sandwiches tonight.

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  4. Susie, It is approaching the New Year. I wish you much joy throughout 2018. I love visiting you through your blog and our one on one messages to each other. God bless you and your family. Kathy

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  5. Sometimes there is a lesson to be learned from something which has happened. I agree with some of the other commenters. . . . . I too think the children were rude. But the problem is that they’re young. They may well have been taught how to be polite after receiving something that they didn’t really want, but you only have to have one of them say no thank you – for the rest to quickly jump on board and give their own version of ‘rejection’. It’s the group thing which happens.

    Please don’t be upset Susie, but learn from the experience. Not with bitterness, but give thanks that you have found out something so that you won’t repeat the experience again.

    Wishing you a very Happy New Year, and praying that peace, love and joy are yours in 2018, and that, most of all, you find contentment. For once you find contentment, everything else falls into place naturally.

    Love from ~ Cobs. xxx

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    • Dear Cobweb,
      Reading the post now after a few weeks, I am smiling. That was on that day- today I feel different.
      The children- they do it each year and each year it gets worse- I don’t take it to heart as children will be children.
      My daughter though has a fear psychosis about this- she loves Christmas but fears the Christmas parties we host at home and the children’s gifts.
      Maybe it is a reflection of the consumeristic societies we have become- hand made gifts, time, cards, love, all seem to have no value as compared to store-bought expensive baubles.
      Susie

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