The Best Thing I Ever Got for Free
I’ve received many things in my life that did not cost me anything.
But none of them were free.
Not a single one.
Everything I’ve Ever Received Cost Something
The one thing I received for free that literally made me cry was the above cross stitch work.
It was done by an older lady in our congregation at the time.
Her name was Nina Roll.
She met me after church one day in the parking lot.
She had a package in her hand. She said it was for me.
I didn’t really know her. I knew of her, and I saw her around.
She handed me this beautiful cross stitch of Proverbs 31.
The photo just doesn’t do it justice. It is large. The details are beautiful.
No One Had Ever Done Something So Beautiful for Me!
I found out later that she had made things like this, and this exact pattern for other people in our church.
However, that did not make me feel any less important.
But It Wasn’t Really Free.
It cost time.
I’ve done a few patterns of very small cross stitch projects.
The very small ones take a lot of time.
The material to make them costs something.
It also took thought.
She had to decide who to make it for.
And she chose me.
This is what makes gifts like this so valuable.
It is what it represents as well as the beautiful gift itself.
And there is another gift I received.
I was chosen to receive it, too, although others can get it, too.
The Best Gift I Ever Received for Free
cost a lot to that giver, too.
It cost him his life.
Jesus gave me the best gift I ever received for free.
He gave me himself.
That is the kind of gifts that are the best:
Gifts of yourself and your time.
What is the best gift you ever received for free?
What did it cost the giver?
What is the best gift you ever gave to someone?