What would you give the people you love if you could give them anything in the world? If money was no object and you weren’t even limited by time and space, what gifts would you give this Christmas? How would those gifts be different than ones you’ve given in the past. Would they be bigger, more expensive, longer lasting?
It seems like we always feel the need to do something more than what we’ve done in the past, and that gets old pretty quickly. We don’t have the money. We don’t have the time. We just can’t do it, at least, not in the way we think we should. But I think there’s a way that we can.
If we think about it, most of us don’t really need much in the way of gifts. The pretty wrapping paper and the shiny bows look nice under the tree and all, but would our lives really be that terrible if we never opened those presents? Aren’t most of our lives okay right now–even though we don’t necessarily know what’s in those boxes? Probably so. And in whatever ways we would change our lives if we could, the top things on our lists probably wouldn’t begin with: buy new houseshoes, get a platinum heart necklace, or upgrade to a PlayStation 3.
If people really gave us the gifts we want and need, wouldn’t we get things like more time together, a few more “I love you’s,” or other things like this that truly make our lives better? I know that I could do without all those fancy presents under the tree and would trade them all for things like love, joy, and peace. The Apostle Paul, in Galatians 5:22, says that these are some of the things that grow out of a life lived in the Spirit of God.
Maybe before we spent a dime on new gadgets or plaid scarves this holiday season we should have started by asking ourselves what we would ask for if we could have anything. Then, we’d know what to give all those special people in our own lives. But it’s not too late. We don’t even have to take those other gifts back. But let’s not miss the chance to be there for one another, to lift each other up, to give a kind word where needed, and to begin a new tradition built on giving each other the most valuable things we can hope to give–our love and our faithfulness.