I've always thought that the perfect tea towel to dry dishes is well worn, freshly pressed and made of fine linen. I thought that until this year when I was given this unique, one of a kind, hand-embroidered, treasure for Mother's Day.
My darling grands didn't make this happen on their own. Their creative Mom who has a desire to teach and use every opportunity to build within her children appreciation, helped them to brainstorm what it is their Grammie and Omi do for them that makes them feel loved.
For my tea towel, they thought and then each came up with something that I bake that they love. Can you figure out what those three baked items are? After drawing out their ideas, the drawing was transferred onto a good flour sack tea towel and then their little hands helped to stitch and create a treasure.
The tea towel is draped over my oven door handle and it looks like it is ready to use but truthfully, I feel it is worth too much to risk ruining. I want to save it and maybe even put in a treasure frame where it stays clean and is protected against rips and stains.
The problem with this theory is that the children will question why I am not using the gift that they created just for me. They wanted to give me something that I could use in my everyday routine that would be useful.
It bears considering then whether the good gifts that Christ gave us when we came to faith in him are being put to good use to help others or are we saving those gifts for when it suits us, when we have more time, more energy or when we feel like our gift will be properly appreciated.
I'll use that treasure of a tea towel on my best crystal because their gift deserves to be appreciated and put to good use! When I use it I'll be reminded to consider how to use the gift that Christ gave me.
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Ephesians 2:10 NLT