Things I’ve learned from Killing Consumerism #10 – The joy of receiving

I’ve always loved receiving gifts, but I’ve noticed over the last few years that the enjoyment has worn off. I loved the thrill of being surprised with something I really wanted, but, as I got older, I found that people seemed to miss the mark. I slowly, and somewhat cynically, lowered my expectations.

Just this week, I suddenly realized why.

I had lost the art of wanting, and so had lost the joy of receiving. It is dizzying to think of the speed at which I purchased things to meet my every whim. Before anyone had time to think to buy something for me, I had already bought it for myself.CJ3JXUcWoAAZIaE

This year has been different. At first I noticed it slowly: the joy of a beautiful candle as a housewarming gift; two friends who bought me a necklace because they knew I wouldn’t buy it myself. But then, on Friday night, it all hit home with sparkling clarity.

I was out for dinner and got a text from mum saying they’d bought me something. I dropped past their house on the way home.

They’d bought me Harper Lee’s ‘new’ book, Go set a Watchman. I was thrilled, and touched and blessed. And suddenly it hit me. If it weren’t for my resolution this year, I would have pre-ordered the book before it even hit the shelves. In holding back, and depriving myself, I’m creating room for others to bless me. And I’m rediscovering the joy of receiving.

2 comments on “Things I’ve learned from Killing Consumerism #10 – The joy of receiving

  1. vonhonnauldt says:

    This last Christmas, I told my wife that I didn’t want any gifts. She did buy me an orange-flavored chocolate candy that my grandmother always loved, but that was it. We had the kids and grandkids over for Christmas, and I can say that I enjoyed this Christmas more than any of the others I’ve ever had, and I’m 74 years old!

  2. Phil says:

    So true. God knows exactly what we NEED and also our deepest desires! I believe He wants us to enjoy the journey! Blessings!!! 😉

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