Wedding registries, baby registries, and wish lists all let others know what we want, but is that a good thing? It seems that in todays society we are so used to getting what we want immediately, that many have turned into "spoiled brats" when they don't get what they want when someone gives them a gift.
To give a gift is a very special thing. You are giving a part of yourself to another. This is not easy. It leaves us vulnerable to criticism, judgment, and insult. Yet to give can be one of the best feelings in the world. The purpose of giving a gift is an act of charity, you are letting the other person know that you are thinking of them. The act of receiving a gift is one of gratitude, although you may or may not like or want what you get. Gift giving and receiving helps to bond a community together, form friendships, and sooth hurt feelings. I think we've lost this art form and so many today are only interested in the getting.
The greatest of gifts ever given to mankind is the sacrifice of Christ on the cross. He gave us his life, his blood, his whole body to free us from original sin. This is a gift we did not ask for. We may have wanted to be redeemed, but not at the price Christ paid. Who asks another to die for them?
Sometimes the gifts we get are what we need, not what we want.