Thanksgiving is almost here, and historically I finish my Christmas shopping well before it’s time to cook a big turkey dinner. I love the feeling of having all the gifts wrapped (in matching paper of course) and under the tree by the first week of December. But this year is different. I haven’t even made my list. And for some reason I’m in no hurry.
This is strange territory for me. I’m a lover of lists and all things organized. I’ve even been known to have heart palpitations while walking by the Container Store. But something shifted in me this weekend as I watched my family. We were working together on a little craft project. Just so you know: I hate crafts. I’m not Martha Stewart and you’ll probably never receive a handmade gift from me.
However, this craft was made at the special request of my mother-in-law, so I was more than happy to temporarily suspend my anti-craft stance. I watched as this little token of love was painstakingly put together by 4 sets of hands. We were awkward, clumsy, and we made lots of mistakes. After six trips to the store, many paper cuts and glue gun burns, we completed the project.
It isn’t the finished product that makes me proud, it’s watching my family work together, laugh together, get mad at each other, and keep going. The best gifts will never be wrapped and under the tree; they won’t be in matching wrapping paper or tied with ribbons and bows. The best gifts are the sacrifices that we make for our family.
The Best Gifts Are:
Laying our lives down to serve one another
As we rapidly approach Thanksgiving and Christmas, I can’t help but to think of the amazing gift given to all of mankind. Jesus came, He served, and He sacrificed His life. He gave His life so that we might have relationship with Him.
We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. (1 John 3:16 NLT)
In all our giving, let’s remember that the best gift has already been given. May we honor His gift by giving our lives for away—one day at a time.
What are the best gifts you’ve given and received?