In Free of Charge,
Mioslav Volf argues that we cannot be the initial givers to God who then expect reciprocity, because all things came from God as gifts to us in the first place, even our lives. This makes me think of how my a child can reason, "It's my room! I can do what I want," while I parent thinks, "Yeah, but who pays the mortgage?" Or a child says, "I'll give you my red car if you'll buy me a new fire engine." And mom or dads thinks, "Wait, I
that red car for Christmas." On the otherhand, if a child gives a parent a picture made with all her love and creativity, simply because,
then I don't know any parent who dismisses the value of the gift on account of the fact that Daddy bought the crayons and Mommy supplied the paper.
In what spirit to do we offer our gifts to God? How can we be the child we'd love to parent? What thoughts come to mind when you put yourself in God's shoes (or at least try ;)?
Labels: parenting, Spiritual Formation