Have you finished your gift buying yet? I have not.
So much of Christmas revolves around gifts. Gift shopping. Gift giving. Gift receiving. Gift returning.
As we prepare our hearts and homes to celebrate Christ’s birth, here at CMB we’re going to focus on gifts.
Why do we give gifts?
- we love and care.
- we want to show appreciation.
- it is expected.
- we want a gift in return.
- we want to impress.
If we’re not careful there is a danger that gift giving can become a joyless burden.
In the upcoming weeks….
I am going to share our family’s gift giving tradition.
Tell you the meaning behind and the reason why we chose this tradition.
Share ways you can find renewed joy in gift giving and receiving.
Today I want to focus on some famous and some not so famous quotes to take a closer look at gift giving.
It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving. ~Mother Teresa
Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind. ~William Shakespeare
Intense love does not measure, it just gives. ~Mother Teresa
This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ. ~Frank McKibbon
Giving need not empty our wallets; giving is best when it is a simple honest expression of love.
We would give ourselves and our families an incredible blessing this year if we demonstrated placing a greater focus on people and less on gifts.
This year may we share with each other God’s greatest gift . . . Jesus.
If one man’s sin put crowds of people at the dead-end abyss of separation from God, just think what God’s gift poured through one man, Jesus Christ, will do! There’s no comparison between that death-dealing sin and this generous, life-giving gift. Romans 5:15
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 1 Corinthians 13:5-7
May we give our best this year. May we center our giving on gifts of time, compassion, forgiveness, kindness, mercy, and love.
Father, by Your grace grant us all we need to make Jesus the center of our celebration, and the fruit of the Spirit the gifts we share.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Galatians 5:22-23a