As a Christian I feel that giving is such a part of being the person that Christ wants from me.
I have reached a point to where I would prefer to oft times give to a total stranger than give to people I know. Let me explain, seems like there is always a shower for a new baby or some one is getting married, or perhaps a birthday...all of these occasions a gift is the thing to do.
Here is where the problem occurs: I expect a thank you - in the form of a card, telephone call, face book contact, e-mail, or in person. When this does not happen, I feel like I have been used. It makes me feel less like giving when the next gift giving time happens.
Sounds petty, doesn't it?
Not all people are this way...there is a older lady that goes to our church who lives on her social security and we all know that does not go very far...so from time to time we will give her money to spend just how ever she wishes...she is so excited and pleased - and you can bet your bottom dollar she will send a thank you...tell you what she bought when she sees you...and then proudly show you when she wears it to church.
It seems the younger generation feel like they are entitled to the generosity of others - older people are much more appreciative.
What are your thoughts on this subject?