Sunday, September 17, 2006

On Being Grateful

When my friend asked this question today, I knew it had to be shared:

Can one be grateful for something and also not like it?

Hmmm ...

3 Comments:

Blogger Tammy said...

Hey, hopped over from your other blog, from your post at Crystal's Frugal Fridays.

To answer this question, yes, I do believe you can be grateful, and still not like a present.

Case in point: when I was a teenager, a lady in my church made me a hideous crocheted purse. The colors were awful, the workmanship was probably ok. I didn't have anything it went with. But I sincerely appreciated the effort the lady had gone to in making the purse for me, and I even carried it to church to show my gratitude! (Though, I must admit, I didn't carry it for too long!) I was grateful, yet I hated that purse!

1:17 PM  
Blogger Charity Grace said...

Certainly. If we feel like we must like something in order to be grateful for it, that's really a subtle form of materialism I think. Gratitude should be focused toward the person, not the thing. Like Tammy, I've been given some truly hideous gifts. Most of them didn't stick around long (unless I thought the gift-giver would notice and be hurt, in which case charity compelled me to hang onto it for awhile), but I still always expressed my gratitude for the thoughtfulness of the one who gave the gift.

11:14 AM  
Blogger MegLogan said...

i am often grateful for what God works in my life, though I rarely like the painful aspect of it.

So i suppose so,

MML

9:13 AM  

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