It’s December. Black Friday turned into to Cyber week which seems to be turning into Cyber month. Christmas is just around the corner and we are all thinking about gifts. I love getting my family and friends the perfect presents and finding a great Christmas sale just as much as the next person. But, there are some gifts I’ve been thinking about lately that won’t fit under the Christmas tree.
Of course, we have to remember the reason for the season, right? The best Christmas gift of all…the baby in the manger born so long ago as God’s present to the world. People say that all the time. “Remember the reason for the season” or “Keep Christ in Christmas”.
It’s nice to say things, but how do you do that? Without some kind of actions, those words are just words. Well, that brings me to the gifts I’ve been thinking about lately.
Each and every one of us has God-given gifts and talents. Something we are good at or comes naturally to us. There are so many different gifts and that is what makes us all so unique.
You know what we are supposed to do with those gifts? Serve others. We are given gifts to give them away. We are meant to love others, offer hospitality to one another, speak kindness, and serve our neighbors.
We decorated the tree at my Grandparents house last week and I can confidently say one of my Grandmother’s gifts is hospitality. She always feeds us (very well), ensures we have everything we could need or want, and won’t sit down until everyone is served (no matter how many times you ask her to sit down and relax).
Watching her, and reflecting on the verse from 1 Peter 4:10 has had me thinking about my gifts, and how I can best use them to love and serve others. Because the most important gift you can give this Christmas season is sharing the best of what has been given to you.