Russell and Duenes

Enjoying the Gift and the Giver

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Douglas Wilson has a series of posts (here and here) trying to sort out the dualism between enjoying God, the Giver, and enjoying the gifts that come from him. If you’re like me, you struggle with enjoying God’s gifts without turning them into idols, and you generally feel at least a slight sense of guilt if you really enjoy something that God has given you. A good excerpt from today’s post illustrates the point quite well:

Suppose a mother has a pre-teen son who is very bright, highly analytical, and who, because he was born in the late nineties, had never heard of a Rubik’s Cube. She gets him one for a present, and as soon as the challenge is presented to him, he responds to the gift with delight. He thanks her effusively, which takes two minutes. He then spends three hours on the sofa in the living room, absorbed in his gift. During that time, he does not think of his mom once. When he solves the problem, and knows how to do it right every time, he puts the cube down, and goes to find his mother. He says, “Mom, I haven’t enjoyed myself that much in a long time. Thanks so much.” This takes about five seconds.

Now if we measured what this young fellow thought of his mother in terms of quantity only, we are going to run into trouble. He spent 125 seconds thanking her, and 10,800 seconds working on a cubical device with different colored squares on it. What’s that? Ninety nine percent of his time was spent on a little plastic box, and one percent of his time was spent talking to his mother, thanking her for it.

But time is not a pie that can be sliced up that way. He is delighting his mother every time she looks out at him, head bent over that dumb thing, not thinking about her at all. Not only does time not work that way, neither is loyalty measured that way.


Written by Michael Duenes

May 14, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Posted in Duenes, Theology

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  1. Dear Mikey D,
    Happy Birthday! Pray you are doing well.
    I have enjoyed Wilson’s posts as well and look forward to your series.

    Duke Dillard

    May 15, 2010 at 7:55 am

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