giving … our extraordinary gift

November 28, 2007

51lkmk3n0bl__aa240_.jpgYou sit on your couch, beer or soda in your hand and junk food by your side watching TV for hours — that’s ordinary.  You work around the clock not because you have to feed your family, but for no other reason than to park a better car in your garage than your neighbors have — that’s ordinary.  You get up from the couch to play with your kids or you give your time and energy to help educate a prisoner or lend an ear to an elderly person — that’s extraordinary.  Why?  Because you are giving.  Every gift breaks the barrier between the sacred and the mundane and floods the mundane with the sacred.  When a gift is given, life becomes extraordinary because God’s own gift giving flows through the giver.

–Miroslav Volf, Free of Charge

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