I love Christmas and birthdays! I love the food, fun and friendship that goes along with celebrating life, although I’m not a big gift giver. Don’t get me wrong, I love to give someone a gift when it’s heartfelt, and it means something. The part I hate more than anything though, is wrapping the gift!
I see packages beautifully wrapped with ribbons and bows, and they are beautiful! But I guess I’m way too practical. My thinking is, all the money spent on all the fancy, shmancy wrapping stuff could be put toward a better gift!
The way I wrap a present? I go look through my stash of recycled wrapping paper, and find something I think will do. Hmm, all I have is Christmas paper and this is a July birthday. Eh, they won’t care! Besides, it’s what’s inside the paper that matters! Plus, you have to admit that’s hilarious!”
I roll out the paper, lay the gift on top and commence to cutting. When I start to wrap, I realize the paper has been cut short. I would say that most people would discard the paper and start over. Not this gal! It’s nothing for me to cut a piece just big enough to cover the bare spot and tape it right on! That part will now be the bottom! Bows? Pffftt! What a waste of money! More likely than not, they’ll just end up in the garbage can. How about a gift tag? Nah, I’ll just write their name on the gift with a colorful marker. Viola! I’m finished wrapping my gift.
People might not be impressed when they look at the gift from me. They may even have bad thoughts about the gift at first, because it doesn’t look as pretty as some of the others. Maybe, they even skip over mine and open it last. Once they open it however, they realize there’s a beautiful, heartfelt gift inside.
Have you ever judged a gift by its wrapping? I have. And I do it with people all the time. I tend to think the ones who are “nicely wrapped” are the better people. Trust me, I’ve learned the hard way, that’s not always the case. Just because someone spends a lot of time on the outside, doesn’t mean they’re pretty on the inside. People are gifts, and I’ve learned not to judge the gift by the wrapping. You never know what kind of blessing you’ll receive when you take time to peel away the paper. No matter how good, or badly, it’s wrapped.
I’m reminded in Matthew 23:25-26 where Jesus says this, “You’re hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You burnish the surface of your cups and bowls so they sparkle in the sun, while the insides are maggoty with your greed and gluttony. Stupid Pharisee! Scour the insides, and then the gleaming surface will mean something.
It’s always what’s on the inside that counts. Always! Remember that if you ever get a gift from me:-). It’ll either be wrapped poorly, or still in the bag from the store in which it came, but it’ll be heartfelt!