“Do You Ever Get Tired of It?”

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The other day, I tied a bow around my last homemade gift—a bottle of perfume oil made with an essential oils blend that I created this year after a lot of trial and error and named Happy Place.

Mom walked into the room. “It seems like you’re constantly making something for someone. Do you ever get tired of it?”

By this time every December, I start losing track of how many scarves, ornaments and coaster sets I’ve knitted or crochets, how many bottles of room spray I’ve filled, and this year I added roller bottles of perfume. Then there are the batches of gingerbread, Russian tea cakes, and yes, pumpkin-chocolate chip muffins.

I tightened the bow. “I think I’m officially done for this year.”

I hadn’t gotten tired of making presents. In fact, I hadn’t gotten to everyone on my original list. The excuse to express love and appreciation through homemade gifts and thoughtful notes is part of the fun of Christmas for me. But I’d been making gifts since early November, and my almost-empty bottle of carrier oil reminded me that I was running out of supplies. I’d used my last spray bottle earlier in the week, run out of the good yarn, and only had one roller bottle left. The past three weeks included parties, Nathan’s band concert, and three concerts for me, which I haven’t done in years, so I’d pushed my time limit on some of those gifts.

This is a picture from two years ago. I’d wrapped, sent, or given this year’s homemade gifts before I thought to capture them in a photo.

 

The next morning, I helped my Bible study friends provide a luncheon for a group of people who have become extremely dear to me. The group included someone who has helped me tremendously over the past year, as well as two friends, so it gave me great joy to spend the morning making Christian’s mac & cheese, and to set up a pretty table of food as quietly as possible so it could appear that Christmas elves had magically left lunch for them. After their party ended, we returned to clean up. It was so fun!

I must admit that when I got home, and Mom asked, “Are you tired yet?” I said, “Yes.” I had officially run out of steam. Like the “good tired” that we feel after spending energy using our gifts and doing what we love, this out-of-steam feeling came with a sense of satisfaction. But I won’t pretend—going to bed that night felt great.

Later, I found myself thinking about the Lord whose birth we are about the celebrate. He came to give… and give… until He finally gave the ultimate gift. He never grew tired of giving, and He still doesn’t.

   No, I never get tired of giving you good gifts.

            I never get tired of providing for you.

            Or surprising you.

 

Unlike the limited humans that He poured Himself out for, our Lord never runs out of supplies, resources, time, or energy.

He never gets tired of hearing, “This is what I need.”

            Or, “Jesus, I need You.”

He never gets tired of us.

His gifts, and most importantly His presence, flow year-around.

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As you enjoy the final days leading up to Christmas, take some time to reflect on the many good things that have come to you through the Giver of perfect gifts this year. What are you most grateful for? How has His goodness made you more generous, or more drawn to serving others?

May your Christmas be filled with joy!

 

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

Matthew 7:11 (NIV)

 

 

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  1. Jean

    Dear Jeanette,

    I have been the recipient of some of your wonderful creations and gifts. Thank you so much and God bless you and your family this special time of year.

    Hugs,
    Jean

  2. This story is a gift. Thank you!

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