Saturday, February 25, 2006

Knitting for a Cause

I'll be the first to admit that I absolutely love to knit for myself. I even like knitting gifts for certain family members and friends on occasion. Knitting for paying customers is pretty cool too from time to time, as long as I don't go overboard.

But there's something indescribably satisfying about knitting items with the conscious intent of giving them away to someone less fortunate than myself. An unknown author may have said it best when he or she said that "gifts that one receives for giving are so immeasureable that it is almost an injustice to accept them."

Your knitting is a talent. If you take it for granted, you shouldn't. It may seem like second-nature to you, but the reality is that not everyone can do it. It's a gift from God. Think about it. It gives you peace, it gives you a sense of accomplishment, it's utilitarian, it's an outlet for creative expression. It's one of the many things that define you ... that make you unique.

Have you thanked God for your talent? If not, today is a good time to do just that. Then think of a way to express your gratitude by sharing your gift with others. Whether it's teaching troubled girls to knit, knitting preeming caps for babies or chemo caps for cancer patients, there will never be a shortage of opportunities to share your talents. You have been blessed. You can and should use your gifts to bless others. So what are you waiting for?

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