-Luke 6:38 NIV
When I come over the dune to the ocean, I see gifts everywhere...like whole shells, pieces of driftwood, a sandcastle left from the day before. I've even come across hearts drawn in the sand by those couples sharing a tender moment. It is not uncommon to witness a wedding on the beach. I respectfully keep a good distance but it warms my soul to see two people giving their hearts to each other. The beach is full of surprises each day.
Christmas is in a week. The message shifts from Thanksgiving gratitude to making out our “want list” and checking it twice! But Christmas is so much more than receiving gifts but for some, that it all that it means. Mistakenly many of us equate gifts with happiness. No question that gifts do bring a smile to our face but there is much more we could experience. When we are making our Christmas lists, do we want what money can buy or do we want greater gifts like happiness, satisfaction and fulfillment? In this season of Christmas, we have the chance to focus on giving a lot more and on receiving a lot less. God gave us the greatest gift and that was Eternal Life and His Love. Through Him, we can pass love on. There are so many things we can do that give of ourselves which in turn satisfies others and fulfills us. Things like doing a deed, helping someone with a chore, being a good listener to let someone unburden themselves. We can lend a hand, put something in the mail that is uplifting, cook a meal, drop off a bag of fruit to say “we thought of you”. We know that scripturally it says that God gives to a giver. That is the principle of sowing and reaping. But let that not be the reason for our giving. As God fills us up to overflowing, we can do that for others. Amazingly, we will be given plenty of resources like time and stamina to continue if our heart is to serve others through Him.