Merry Christmas Eve!
While celebrating Christmas this year, what was or will be the greatest gift you receive? What was or will be the greatest gift you will give?
As we gather together to share gifts in celebration of Christ’s birth, it’s crucial we slow down and remember the reason we are giving in the first place. While we get joy out of giving and genuinely care for those we give to, it can sometimes be exhausting and the holiday stress can steal the joy that comes from the true reason for the season.
God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7) and He wants us to give to others out of our love for them and our love for Him. So, of all the gifts you’ve received and given — what do you consider the greatest gift of all?
We share many gifts in an array of creative ways. We give the gift of our time, our attention, and our love. And, as Dr. Gary Chapman, author of The 5 Love Languages, so comprehensively explains, we show and receive love from one another through Words of Affirmation; Acts of Service; Gifts; Quality Time; and Physical Touch. All of which are very important gifts to give and go a long way in nurturing our relationships.
“Almost everything ever written on the subject of love indicates that at the heart of
love is the spirit of giving.” Dr. Gary ChapmanWe all have our own unique way of sharing our love and we all have particular ways of receiving love from others. But, how often do you take time to consider the gifts you are giving? How often do you consider the underlying reason you are giving a gift in the first place? Is it out of joy or simply an obligation?
Consider Christ’s gift of His time, His power, His words, and His life. — There is no greater gift! And the only thing He expects in return is our love and devotion.
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends” John 15:13
Giving transforms our relationships and it helps us connect with others. I encourage you to intentionally think of ways to show your love to others. It could open the door to sharing Christ with someone … and may not be as difficult as you might think.
As you celebrate Christmas this year, take a moment and write down ways you intend to be more giving. Include goals that challenge you to share the gift of Christ with those who don’t know Him.
Have a safe and very blessed Christmas!