Imagineabeautifullywrappedbox lovinglysetinfrontofyou.Care- fullypickupandexaminethismys- teriousgift.
Here are the clues: Your name is on the
label; the person who has given it loves
you deeply; whoever wrapped it did such
a marvelous job that you are certain that
the gift contained inside must be even
Now, wait. Stop and consider the kind
of anticipation this would create inside
of you. Would it bring a warm rush of
delight, an awe of being the recipient of
not only a gift but of the love that motivated it in the first place? Are you with
me? Can you imagine the scene? With
all of that heart warming delight and eager anticipation, imagine unwrapping
the box and discovering what lies inside.
Now, while this image is fresh in your
mind, picture each member in your family. In ways beyond comprehension, each
of us is like that mysterious, beautiful box
holding uniquely precious gifts inside.
As parents, we are the recipients of such
an amazingly cutting-edge, “bundled”
gift—otherwise known as a child—that
leaves marketing companies—with all of
their merchandising hype—in the dust.
And most astonishing of all, these infinitely priceless gifts have been given to
us from the One Who is Love itself.
Just as we take the time to learn the
features and benefits of our most prized
electronic appliances, so we must take
the time to learn as much as we can about
the unique ways our children are wired,
put together, designed. As we begin
this short discussion of your children’s
learning styles, creative giftings, unique
The Power ofGifts
. . . Each of us is like that
box holding uniquely
precious gifts inside.
VIDEO: Diana shares
about the power of gifts
48 May2012• The Relational Homeschooler
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