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My gift to you

CB100380Our family over the past few years has chosen to have each member give a Christmas gift to just one other member in the extended family.  Often we select a theme for those gifts such as music or a donation to a humanitarian aid project.  Lots of time, prayer and energy go into selecting just the ‘right’ gift to offer to that one person.  When we finally exchange our gifts with one another, there is an incredible sense of excitement and joy, in large part because each of us is truly giving something of himself/herself to the other.  All the time, prayer and energy which went into the choice of the gift, finds its fullest expression in the simple joy of giving to another.

At the close of 2013, I wrote: “If there is one heart direction that God desires to characterize us in the coming year, towards which we should strive with all our heart, it should be trust.”

I long for this to be the gift that we give to one another this year!  Obviously, we can’t offer this gift to every member of World Team at one time.  However, we could certainly begin by extending trust to one other fellow worker, colleague or leader.  Imagine the transformation that would occur in our communities if we were to joyfully offer this gift to another, investing the time, prayer and energy into considering how best to share and express that trust with another.

I am always amazed at the creativity that is released when we do such a gift exchange among our family. I am also amazed at how many family members begin thinking about next year’s gift exchange before we have even finished this year.

The gift of trust permeating a community such as ours would release greater creativity, innovation and collaboration.  Then we would truly become a World Team community.

2 Responses

  1. Giving away trust; I love the image. Rather than waiting to be trusted…we extend trust to others. I wish I could remember from whom I took the counsel some years ago, but the concept was “if you find yourself feeling like you’re not being trusted by someone…try deliberately yielding still more trust, yourself, to that person. It seems to usually ‘work’, and even when it doesn’t apparently ‘work’, it has still been a helpful character-building exercise for me.

    • Giving away trust is an exercise that requires grace; a deep understanding of the Gospel. The story (parable) of the two debtors is a classic example of how much mistrust arises when grace is not deeply understood and appropriated in the heart.

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