Gifts As The Giver Intended It To be

Posted: January 24, 2013 in gifts
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The Gift of Music

The troubadour had stopped singing but his songs are still being played and listened to by the generation who caught his music. His craft was not abandoned but continuously flow as a gift to the succeeding generations of troubadours and music lovers.

It’s just sad that many past troubadours were left into oblivion. Like a fully utilized dispensable battery cell, fit for disposal into the waste bin, permanently deleted from our file folders. Why many of them leave our folds? What happened to those gifts they shared to us then? Did we fail to appreciate their gifts that inspired many of us back then? They walked away from the limelight without our knowing, yet their tribes were not diminished. The gift of music they shared to us is freely passed on to the succeeding young troubadours we have all observed.

What happens when gifts are converted into commodities? When gifts are exchanged for money, it ceases to be gifts, rather it emerge into commodities, wrapped into new packages, branded and displayed on the shelves of our malls, marketplaces and other buying stations. Many thought that if they have these gifts they can just utilize it for making money by converting it into commodities to be bought and sold, which is the dictated tempo of this known world. Gifts were now reduced into common goods waiting for consumers.

The troubadour’s gift is priceless. Attempts are being made by many talent agents to put price tag on these gifts. In the same manner that the Giver of the gifts gave His precious Gift to mankind, real gifts are always priceless.

And so many troubadours will still emerge in our midst coming from nowhere. Strangely enough, the tribes of our music makers never diminished, others went out but many are still coming in, new breeds of troubadours trying to perpetuate the cycle of passing and sharing the gift of music.

Gifts Are Not Personal Properties

Gifts are to be given and must be expressed unhampered. Those who were tasked to express the gifts must understand that gifts are to be shared freely, not to be peddled like goods in exchanged for money. Gifts were given primarily not for self promotion or for profit making. It was the Giver’s intent that the gifts he bestowed must be shared freely to others. True gifts are like floodwater, it cannot be contained in one place permanently, and it will always find a way for expression no matter what blockaded it. Like the floodwater, always seeking lower channels to fill in, gifts constantly look for conduits to carry on the inspiration it creates on people.

It’s a sad reality that many who were endowed with gifts have prematurely wrecked their lives by mishandled fortunes and fame brought by their gifts. After the settling of mud in turbulent water, these gifted ones realized that their gifts lost its power, its soul and the inspirations that their gifts had done to nameless others.

How many professional music artists both local and international whose careers were destroyed by alcoholism, drugs and marital failures? They were troubadours whose songs had inspired countless admirers and aficionados. Although they have inspired many, unknown to their audiences is the kind of loneliness that these artists went through. Failure to handle the gift entrusted to them by the lone Giver, will surely cost their lives, their own happiness as well. The melodies created by those troubadours are still played on air even though those who crafted them are nowhere to be found.

Sabbath Cannot Supress the Natural Expression of Gift

When the Man of the Gospel walked over the face of the earth 2000 years ago, his gift of healing was sought and received by both Jews and Gentiles during his days. There was nothing that held back the expression of his gift, not even the prevailing custom of Judaism, their unquestionable observance of the institution of Sabbath , it could not hinder the expression of Jesus’ gift of healing to many. He is our prototype man. He was here on earth, expressing without restraint the gift which the lone Giver bestowed on him during his earthly days. The same principle still applies with the different gifts that all men received these days from the lone Giver. And the receiving of these gifts has no respect of any class distinctions, no religions, no social affiliations, not even educational attainments could suppress the expression of the gifts.

It can be difficult for some people to accept the universality of God. He is no respecter of any religious persuasions because God is all and is in all. Do we have any right to dismiss the wisdom given to men who were responsible on the awesome architectural designs of many landmark edifices known around the world?

In the same way that the gift received from the Giver will find expression, it will overcome all kinds of obstacles- religious, economics, cultures and even boundaries created by conservative institution of education. No wonder, many TV networks are competing for audience share by coming up with programs in discovering and searching for raw and unpolished talents. And the world is surprised to see those gifts brewing in the lives of ordinary folks, even those unlettered ones whose gifts undiscovered, and now viewed by the gasping world.

There are established boundaries created by numerous institutions. These institutions have the power to distinguish the conformists over the mavericks. They considered themselves as the gatekeepers, responsible in putting into box, viciously trying to contain the free expression of gifts, controlling its expression  in the futile hope of keeping the existing mode of operation undisrupted, the buy and sell context which our world has gotten into.

The free expression of the gifts will astound these so called gatekeepers, whose interests are jeopardized by the raw manifestation of the gifts around them. These gatekeepers have kept their monopoly since time immemorial on the containing of the gifts, controlling its expression in order to make profit out of it.

Literary Gifts: Some Retain Its Power, Others Lost It

Take for example the poetry works of Emily Dickinson which she left after her death. She bequeathed to the literary world a priceless treasure which forever has made many scholars enigmatic and puzzled. Her poems have power unknown in literary works crafted by others. Its effects are never diminished even to us in these modern times. Her poems are pure gift, never tarnished by the ill effects of buying and selling. It could have been different if the poet published her works before her death. She could have gained fame and fortunes from her poems crafted under her private world. She could have enriched herself materially which other succeeding writers have savored brought about by their literary gifts turned into commodities and bought and consumed by the world then. Comparing the works of Dickinson with gifts turned commodities of two equally famous American writers like Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fritzgerald, writers that had made good fortunes by the enormous billing of their published novels, read by many aristocrats and opulent patrons around the world in the 1930s. Hemingways and Fritzgeralds works were reduced to commodities and perpetually buried in the catacombs of history, albeit only a few remembers their works. What’s the difference? Gifts turned to commodities lost its power, destroyed its soul. Gifts freely given, unhindered on its flow, continually emit inspiration and continue to transform many, because these are what gifts are made for, by its lone Giver, it should be given freely.

Buying and Selling: Antithetical to Gift Giving

It must have repulsed the Man of the Gospel to see the unabated dysfunction  of  buying and selling of gifts turned commodities in the temple area in Jerusalem. His anger over the rampant conversion of those gifts into commodities had drove him to overturn the tables of moneychangers, freeing flocks of caged doves, casting them all out from the temple where the Giver’s divine order of gift-giving should have prevailed instead of the usual buying and selling of which our present world has gotten into.

No amount of suppression can withstand against the free expression of the gifts. Any form of counterforce against the free expression of the gifts, given by the Giver will not succeed. That gift of freedom which many Negro slaves had received at the turn of the Eighteenth Century never lies dormant. It found its ultimate expression in a Civil War that almost broke the young nation of the New World.

New Dimension of Unhampered Free Expression of Gift

The gift will always find a way of expression because the lone Giver designed it that way. It will continue to inspire, it will not lie dormant in the hands of ordinary people. It will emerge continuously even though some quarters will try to suppress it. The profiteer whose sole ambition is to buy gifts and turn them into commodities is still around. The profiteer is anyone who kept the gift intended to be shared freely to others but instead do the opposite, converting their gift into a commodity, selling it just like any common goods. There is always a day of reckoning, those given much, much will be ask and those given little, little will be required.

For expanded understanding on the issue of gifts, I recommend the book entitled Signs of Emergence by British Author Kester Brewin. Also for more insight, you can download this article by James Fowler entitled Christian Giving.


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