How would Doug feel watching his kids receive his wood-working gift but never express love or appreciation directly to him?
Our kids express appreciation BOTH for Doug and his gifts. Here are his '11 creations.
|Jewelry boxes for the ladies|
|And for the guys' desks, their names in cedar, oak and walnut|
At Christmas our thoughts turn to gifts and especially the greatest Gift of God to us, His Son. It's easy to sometimes love the creation more than the Creator.
Likewise, our spiritual gifts and talents should reflect our love for the One Who gave them to us. Do I love the music more than Him on Sunday morning? Teaching, preaching, church work can become performance traps without eternal reward. "You have your reward."
Love the Giver more than the gift. Whether giving or receiving, it's about the relationship not stuff.
(See more of Doug's beautiful woodwork below in last week's blog, a rerun from '09.)