(This is day six of the Rediscovering the Christmas Season Advent Study that can be found here. You don’t have to start at the beginning. In fact, you can jump in any time or go in any order. Care to join?)
Read Acts 20:35 and I John 4:10.
Read the verses and go Christmas shopping for someone who is not in your family, perhaps a hospital patient, your mail carrier, or a foster child.
What is the real point of giving a gift? How is Jesus the best gift you’ve ever received? Maybe the reason I give gifts is selfish, I don’t know, but I like to see someone’s face light up. It’s fun. It would be so easy to spoil my daughter and my husband, because they both have the most amazing reaction to gifts. As for the second part of the question, I’m not sure if I ever think of Jesus Himself as a gift, but I love sitting here thinking in that way. He has totally changed my life. I know who I used to be. I know the road I was on. I know how great it felt driving down the road today and just talking to Him and being honest with Him. Without Him, I wouldn’t be me. I’d be a royal mess. Just thinking about it gives me the shivers. I wonder if in heaven He’ll show me what life would have been like without Him. I don’t think I’d want to see it, even with Him standing right beside me. Trust me… I know what I’m capable of and what I’d be doing without Him. It sure ain’t pretty.
How generous are you with your time, treasures, and talents? Do you live as if it’s more blessed to give than receive? How can you live this out more fully this Christmas season? Can we just say my toes hurt and leave it at that?
Write about a time you blessed someone with extreme generosity or someone blessed you with extreme generosity. Pray and ask God to help you become more generous by better understanding His gift of love to us. I have this friend, and, trust me… Her life makes mine look like all I do is eat bon bons all day. To say she’s got a lot going on would be an understatement. Yet… every year for Christmas, she sends me a card. And in that card she writes, “My gift to you is to pray for you every day in the coming year.” And she does. Every. Single. Day. And not just one of those, “God, please bless my friend Jodie, amen” kind of prayers. She hits her knees in serious prayer for me. 365 days. Full schedule or not. That floors me and humbles me. And makes me want to be a so much better person than I am.