December 26, 2007 Probably we're all haunted by the commercials about regifting—the ones which make us so paranoid about giving gifts from the heart that we just opt against failure and for gift cards. We're so afraid someone will think less of us because our tastes don't match theirs that we take the no-risk way out.
I'm not knocking gift cards—I give them too. (And I don't mind receiving them either.)
But I've been reminded once again that a gift given from the heart—wrapped up in love—is a most wonderful thing.
Sometimes we're using the wrong criteria. We expect to find the perfect gift under the tree without it being in our hearts. Perhaps if we check under the shredded wrappings and discarded ribbon—the chaos left behind after all the packages have been attacked, perhaps we'll find the gift worth regiving—made better as we pass it on—the one people are hoping for, I think perhaps, in the whole pay it forward campaign I heard talked about on the news this morning.
To quote Bob Heerspink, "Bethlehem illustrates God's method of operation. 'God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.' Why? 'So that no one may boast before him.' (I Corinthians 1:27-29)
"Boasting is fueled by pride. We climb the ladder of success by pulling others down from the rung ahead of us. We want to prove that we are big stuff. But at Christmas we are on our way to Bethlehem, not Jerusalem.
"Many of us struggle because we don't have much to boast about. But may I remind you that God uses people whose names never appear in the papers to accomplish great things for his kingdom?"
SO...while you're regifting, remember that the best gift of all keeps on regifting, makes no apologies for it, and in fact, gets better the more it's given away.