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 ...


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,


9:13 AM  

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