A List Maker's Life: Blemished Offering

Monday, June 1, 2009

Blemished Offering

This week I have been reading Malachi. It is the last book of the Old Testament and sometimes, quite frankly, I flip right past it. The verses that caught my attention today were Malachi 1:6-14.
"And when you do offer something to me, it's a hand-me-down, or broken, or useless. Do you think I'm going to accept it? A curse on the person who makes a big show of doing something great for me—an expensive sacrifice, say—and then at the last minute brings in something puny and worthless...I'll not put up with it!" ~The Message

Our offering reveals our attitude toward God and others. Offering second rate "stuff," when we have the 1st rate goods to give, indicates how little we truly think of others.

~What do I offer?
~What might be considered blemished?
~Do I ever make second rate offers?
~What attitude am I demonstrating to those I love with the offerings I give?
~What might I need to do to re-examine when and how I am giving my best?

I'm still mulling this over in application to my own life.
However, I began to compile a list of possible second bests.

~A half attempt at praying on the way to bed
~Offering to make a meal for a neighbor, but using clearanced (day old) groceries.
~Serving without heart
~Committing to volunteer but inconsistently following through
~Pouring flat soda for someone else but opening a new can for myself
~Carrying on a conversation without making eye contact
~Commenting on a blog without reading the post
~Making the kids sandwiches with the stale bread better thrown to the birds (literally)
~Playing trains with one hand and reading a magazine with the other
~Bailing out of a visit with a friend for whatever reason we've come up with for being "too busy!"
~Going to visit with the friend but not putting effort and love into positive conversation.
~Privately, or not so privately, pouting about the choice someone else made for their special occasion even though we offered the choice.
~Communicating with our spouse with the TV, or twitter, getting our attention in the background.

Starting today I want to pay more attention to what I have to offer and what I choose to give. I want the best for others. First.

What do you think?
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8 comments:

  1. Very thoughful, Katie and something we are all guilty of...hmmm...like chatting on phone and trying to get daughter to color or play and leave me in peace?

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  2. What a great post! Not until it's all laid out do I start to realize how often I do things half heartedly. I'm guitly of 'talking' to my husband while FB'ing or sending the kids to play with the puppy while I chat it up on the phone! Although sometimes, it's okay! :D
    I'm making a vow with you, starting this day, that I will more attention to what I have to offer and what I choose to give. God offered HIS best, I can offer mine!
    Thanks for the great post!

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  3. Lots of good stuff to think about....

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  4. GREAT post! Thanks for giving me something important to think about today. I need to see what I'm offering (or not offering).

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  5. Wow, I totally see myself in some of those ideas. It really makes you think about things. Thanks for sharing.....

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  6. That's a hard-hitting post! You've given me lots to think about.

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  7. Love this, Katie! I think this is something that many believers struggle with...not giving their all and their best! Great list that you compiled for "real life" situations. Some of them definitely caught my attention. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  8. This must not have been easy, I know self reflection is a toughy for me. I think you give so much already but maybe that wears you out and doesn't leave as much as you'd like for yourself. You've given me a lot to think about, great post, as always.

    oh - and stale bread is called croutons... you are being resourceful and fun - like the PB&J on hotdog buns the boys had for lunch today. hee, hee

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