This year, our newest granddaughter, Harper, my student, Jameer, and knee surgery provided inspiration and opportunity for a head start on Christmas. A couple of homemade gifts seem to be just the ticket for our grandkids, Annalyn, Parker, Gracie, and Harper.
- * Sometimes less IS more, and more is just confusing.
- * The value of the gift may not be realized for a long time.
- * If a task is worth doing, it's worth doing intentionally.
When we learned Harper was on the way, I thought it would be a good idea for her to have a handmade afghan. Rachael gave me her colors, and I began crocheting.
Baby afghans don't really use a lot of yarn when you're a novice like me. After Christmas my student, Jameer, came in one day proudly wearing a new scarf his grandma had crocheted for him. Huh! I could do that! Harper's leftovers and a couple of others I had on hand, became my new muffler.
It seemed like a good idea for Annalyn, Parker (Rachael's stepson), and Gracie to have mufflers for this Christmas. And what better time to crochet them than while I'm housebound after knee surgery.
Since I try to be the cool grandparent, that means three mufflers in their favorite colors. Let me tell you, thirty minutes staring at yarn and trying to coordinate the likes of a 10-year-old Harry Potter girl fan, a 7-year-old Marvel Comics boy fan, and a 4-year old all about pink girl is over the top!
It only took one scarf to realize I'd bought way too much yarn in way too many colors. What was I thinking!
God is not a God of confusion but a God of peace.
1 Corinthians 14:33a ERV
Several years ago, Rachael and I visited my Aunt Roz and Uncle Cleo in South Georgia. Before we left, Aunt Roz insisted that Rachael and I choose quilts her mother had made to bring back with us.
Of the four quilts Rachael and I chose, mine has either been packed away, or folded at the foot of Annalyn's bed. It's never really been used, much less appreciated. Until now.
Bed configurations following surgery were a struggle until I remembered Aunt Roz's quilt. During the last few weeks it has become a valued favorite.
For it is by God's grace that you have been saved through faith. It is not the result of your own efforts, but God's gift, so that no one can boast about it.
Ephesians 2:8-9 GNT
Let's just call it what it is: arrogance. Seriously, how hard could it be to crochet a scarf for a four year old in her favorite colors?
Suffice it to say, Maisie has a fun new play toy. After finishing Gracie's scarf, I realized it was flat out UGLY. The stitches were pretty good, but not great. The colors didn't really match. It was definitely not gift worthy.
The problem? My crocheting wasn't intentional. It was busy work during my waking hours, not a gift in the making.
Hm? Does that sound like so many other things in my life, starting with the time I spend with Jesus. If I regard each task as a gift in the making, I become very intentional.
Yes, it is God who is working in you. He helps you want to do what pleases him, and he gives you the power to do it.
Phillipians 2:13 ERV
So, while I'm working on Christmas in July, I'm trying to be intentional about the tasks. I'm trying to remember that less is more, and the value is in the giving, not necessarily in the gift.
Dear Reader, what are your greatest treasures? Could you put a price tag on them, even if you tried? What gift has given you the greatest pleasure in giving it?