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Lessons from My Anonymous Generous Admirer

written by Terri Morris

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift. – Pierre Corneille, Le Menteur

I have a secret admirer.

Not the weird, stalker version, but a true anonymous admirer that leaves me fabulous gifts on a monthly basis. This has been going on now for a little over two years. Initially, I was determined to find my nameless benefactor, but that proved to be a fruitless endeavor so I stopped looking.

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I am pretty confident God Himself is sending me these gifts. They are so personalized to my personality and preferences that it’s almost scary! Who else knows me like Jesus?  The gifts always seem to come at a time when I need to be encouraged — often when no one even knows that I am struggling on a personal level… but Jesus knows!

I believe one day in heaven someone will come walking up to me and I’ll just know they were the one who brought the gifts and I’ll say, “Thanks so much for making me feel loved, valued and special!” And then they’ll say, “Oh, that wasn’t me, Jesus just wanted me to bring them to you!”

I’ve reflected a lot on the gifts and the giver and I have gained some insight about myself and learned a few lessons along the way.

I feel loved and adored when I receive an unwarranted gift. I am almost ashamed to admit how much I look forward to these secret acts of generosity.  I get excited as I dive into the basket of treasures that someone chose just for me.  As I sift through the trinkets and glittery gifts I can’t help but think how much joy God receives as He watches His children unwrap the gifts He has placed before them each day. Out of His great love, He allows each of us to see, hear, feel, and experience things in our daily lives that He has hand selected for us to unwrap if we so choose.

I am unable to reciprocate in any way to my giver. I am not even able to offer a simple thank you! At first, this frustrated me because there was simply no way to pay them back. In a world where we do mainly because others do for us, this secret act of giving keeps me extremely humble and it makes me want to give to others in the same manner. We could never “pay-back” God for all that He has done in our lives but His act of giving should spur us to love more, give more, be more thankful.

I want to be faithful to use my gifts to bless others, I want to be faithful to see and hear what God is revealing, but most of all, I want to be faithful to do whatever He wants me to do, even if I don’t get any of the glory!

We love each other because he loved us first. – I John 4:19

Sunday, March 4, we’ll be singing these songs together. Throughout the week, use the lyrics to reflect on God’s matchless generosity and grace.

Terri Morris is a teacher, mother of 4, grandma of 3, SoHills life group leader, serves with the band on Sundays, and most importantly… Jesus’ favorite (but that’s another story).

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