Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Best Gifts

The best gifts in life are those unexpected blessings that arrive when you least expect them, gifts given to us not on special occasions like birthdays but rather simply because somebody loves us. If you think hard enough you can probably recall some of those gifts. My treasures include a journal with a handwritten note by a sweet friend and an anonymous monetary gift received after my husband lost his job.

But not all gifts are meant to be kept to ourselves. Sometimes we must share the gifts we receive with others. When God paints a beautiful sunset we should say, "Hey, come look at this sunset! The colors in the sky are so beautiful." God loves it when we delight in his creativity. We should also share our God-given talents and abilities by serving others. Perhaps yours is the gift of hospitality. During a recent vacation we were blessed when dear friends called to suggest we cancel hotel reservations and stay with them. The joy of visiting with them was a gift in itself!

Giving gifts doesn't have to be expensive. It costs nothing to smile at a stranger, compliment a clerk at the grocery store, or encourage a friend who is going through a tough time. Praying for someone else may cost you a little bit of time but it makes a huge difference in their life.

God gave the ultimate gift -- his only Son --  that those who believe in him might not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). If for no other reason than sheer gratitude to him for his great love for you, is there someone you could bless in a special way today?

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