In today’s Proverbs 31 devotion I talked about adjusting our holiday focus to be more about Jesus and less on gifts, shopping, social outings, decorating, wrapping, or maybe the time spent trying to figure out how to avoid all of that!
Focusing on Christ instead of chaos at Christmas is certainly something we all benefit from. And one great way to do that is to put our focus on being a giver, instead of a receiver.
But I’m not going to lie. I love getting gifts. It’s a girl’s prerogative, right? Smiles.
But I actually do enjoy giving gifts even more than receiving. I love when someone unwraps a special present that I’ve spent hours shopping for and am able to see the appreciation and love on their face – especially when it comes to my children. It just makes me happy to make them happy.
So if giving physical gifts to others can make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside, how much more fulfilling would it be when we give the gift of ourselves? In fact, when so many people are struggling financially due to the state of our economy and unemployment rates, the gift of ourselves might be the only thing we can afford to give. Yet – that gift is more priceless than anything bought at the store.
So I want to challenge you to shift your focus from the normal holiday flurry of shopping to give gifts, and see how much joy, happiness and love you can spread in the next week without spending a dime. Consider how your presence can be someone’s present.
The quality of our holidays is not determined by what is wrapped underneath our tree or what presents we receive, but the gifts in our hearts that we choose to share with others.
If we choose to focus on spreading joy, sharing love, and experiencing happiness and fun in all that we do, those very special gifts can make someone’s holiday so much better – maybe even our own.
Luke 6:38 says “Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” Although we certainly don’t give gifts in order to receive, what a blessing to know that God rewards His faithful servants. When our hearts are overflowing with the desire to be Jesus to others, the joy of giving will always be better than any physical gift we receive, because the best gifts come from the heart – ours and God’s.
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How might you give away a special gift from the heart this year to someone in your family, workplace or sphere of influence?
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