One of the things that I think is often overlooked this time of the year is the simple gift of yourself.
We are bombarded with commercials, social media, and T.V. specials about giving gifts and the deals that we can get to buy all of those gifts. In all of the hubbub, we can begin to think that “simple” gifts aren’t enough.
Gift-giving is so much more than the physical gifts sitting under the tree. It’s the giving of yourself. Your time, energy, thought, and sometimes money.
James 1:17 tells us that “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
Yes, God does provide us with our physical needs and blesses us beyond measure in that area. But I also think that He gives us gifts that aren’t physical. Viewing the sunrise or sunset. A kind smile on a busy day. Friends that will listen to your plight and offer godly advice. The prayers of family and friends just because they happened to be thinking about you…
You see, we are urged to imitate Christ (1 Corinthians 11:1). Christ gives us more than the physical things in this life. We shouldn’t be made to feel as though our gifts are any less just because they can’t be held in our hands.
Sometimes the greatest gifts are held in the heart. A kind note of encouragement from a friend. A helping hand on a hectic day. Doors being held open by a stranger. And so much more.
This holiday season lets look for ways to give more of ourselves to those around us. Family, Friends, and friends we just haven’t met yet. Remember that gift giving isn’t just the physical things that we can hold in our hand, it’s also the things that we keep in our hearts and memories for a lifetime.
Until next time,