A wimpy gifting


Pastor Charles was talking about how each Christian has at least one gift from God, and how we all need to use our gift to help out in the church. As I was listening to the sermon, I realized I must have the gift of criticizing.

The church really needs someone to whip everyone into shape, so immediately after the service I marched off to let Sister Winnie know that as the cleaning lady for the church, she was doing a very poor job. I pointed out a certain area that she had left dusty and disorganized from Saturday.

She broke out in tears, but no matter. I went off quickly to tell Elder Eli that his Sunday School teaching was particularly boring and that he ought to add more jokes into it. I turned my back on him eager to continue using my gifting from God. I found Walter and told him his tie did not go with his pants. Timothy was right there listening, so I finally told him that the way he laughs annoys a lot of people in church, and that he should learn how to laugh like a normal human being.

He turned red with anger, but, hey, the truth hurts, right? I was looking for Sister Martha to tell her to stop judging others when my dad caught up with me and pulled me out to the car by my arm. He gave a big lecture about not hurting people’s feelings. But I told him that I was just exercising my gifting. He was pretty mad at me.

So, here I am, trying to figure out where I went wrong. Boy, just when you try to do something right, everyone doesn’t know how to appreciate you. Here’s what I say: A prophet is not without honor except in his own household.

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19 responses to “A wimpy gifting

  1. I sure hope this was in jest!

  2. thanks for the post. my gifting is cynicism 😉

  3. The crowds loved Jesus, but the Pharisees did not. So should he have given up his mission to save us because not everyone accepted him; no, of course not.
    Yes, it hurts when this happens and our emotions are involved. But God has set before each of us the duty to do what he asks of us if we are Christians. I lost a lot of friends when I became a Christian but I also gained a lot of friends. We have to keep going for God regardless of what people say. That is a tool of the enemy to discourage us and make us quit. So we have a choice, either give up when people assail us with comments or go on with God and are blessed.
    How you express yourself to family requires proper wording. If your wife returns from the hairdresser with the worse hair-do you’ve ever seen and asks “What do you thing”, responding in a negative fashion is not a good idea.
    There is a thin line between telling the truth and brutal frankness. Rather than attacking the obvious, soften your reply; “the hair-do takes away from your beauty sweetie.”
    Disparaging remarks must be put across with the knowledge that you also are a sinner, Christ was not. Discuss the issue with one other person present in an atmosphere devoid of anger.
    Being corrected by a young family member is the most troublesome. Remember that longevity, in and of itself, does not insure correctness. Older Christians must be open to critical remarks; it is called acceptance. Younger Christians must first be wounded, that is how emotional calluses are formed.

  4. I laughed out loud! Great post. You made your point.

  5. Yes, I was giggling too. Too funny…my son is currently reading all the whimpy kids books. I love your analogies from this. I think I need to have a chat with my son…ha ha!!

  6. Made my day. I had a good laugh.

  7. Good one. Just don’t make me touch the cheese…

  8. Very entertaining! Also made me think. I’ve been guilty of thinking in my head with that “gift”, none of us are exempt, regardless or our age. Great idea on the book!

  9. The irony and satire in this post come through very well. Very clever take on this matter. Interestingly, the post and the character have the same intentions and motivations, yet different approaches, which further illustrates (without overtly stating) that we must indeed mind the tongue, even if we cannot tame it. Well done.

  10. Good one. This reminds us that criticism is a gift but to be used to build the person up and not to tear them down. Thanks for sharing.

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