We have entered the holiday season in which everyone searches for just the right gift to give to all those on their Christmas list. If we are true “givers,” we really want to find something which will bring joy, surprise and a sweet blessing to those for whom we buy gifts. It is often not an easy task.
There is, however, another kind of giving in which we should be engaged year round. It is the kind of giving to which our Lord calls us and doesn’t necessarily involve anything material at all, although it may well include such at times. It is the giving of self with the interests of others in view. Consider these:
Be the first one to smile and say “Hello!”
Be sure to express your thanks every time someone gives you a gift or does something for you.
Say “Good morning!” to your spouse. Say it with a kiss.
When you feel the “crabbies” coming on, leave the room, say a prayer and get yourself under control. Nobody wants to be around a “crab.”
Overlook those little things someone else does which “bug” you. Remember, they are just “bugs” not alligators.
Give hugs. Lots of them.
Clean up your mess.
Don’t be so judgmental. Everybody gets it wrong now and then. Even you.
Offer to help with something which isn’t usually yours to do.
Give lots of compliments.
Remember, whether it’s a dented fender, burnt dinner or lost money, the person is always more important than the thing.
Always say “Good night” to your spouse. Say it with a kiss.
Tell the truth.
There are 1000s more.Such giving is a true joy year round.