Have you ever been given a wonderful gift and at first it is everything you wanted. Maybe it was something you desperately needed or prayed for or just a gift from a loved one and then out of no where it is no longer a gift but a curse. It may start off as small comments made by the giver. Things such as, "I'm glad I could give it to you or I'm glad I had the money to give to you," then it changes to, "I hope you know how much that cost me or how much of a sacrifice it was for me to give it to you."
It's as if you now owe them for the gift. A gift is defined as: Anything given; anything voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation; a present; an offering. So when is a gift no longer a gift? When the giver holds the price tag over the receiver's head!!!
I am positive many of you (those that actually follow this blog or even stumble upon it by accident) have experienced this one time in your life or another. I can even stretch it to say you (I) may have actually been the one doing it.
Let me just say I would rather not even receive the gift if this is how it will be. I am personally dealing with this right now. Not sure how to handle it and honestly would love to just give the gift back but can't. It was a monetary gift used to fix something. A gift we were told.... A GIFT! and now it has become a curse. I am doing my best to not allow bitterness to grow towards this person. UGH! Why can't the gift be just that a gift!
Feb 15, 2012
This week I wrote a new post on Pastoring Partners Network. GO CHECK IT OUT! Make sure you post a comment about what you think. I am always interested in others thoughts on what I have written. I like feedback as much as anyone. :-)