The Christmas season is a season of giving. There is no secret about that. November and December are filled with conversations of what to give to who and who needs what. There becomes a major focus on material items, money, and shopping. Is this always a bad thing? Definitely not. It's fun, and rewarding to give to those that you care about. It's nice to be able to give someone something that they have been needing or wanting. It's a blessing to be able to donate to the less fortunate, or charities who depend on the generosity of others in order to help those in need.
I think we sometimes fail to realize though, that we have some really awesome gifts that we could give that are already in our possession. These are gifts that we don't have to go to a store to buy. These are gifts that we don't have to pull the checkbook out for. These are gifts that don't even need to be packaged and tied with a red and green bow. What are these gifts that I am speaking of?
They are the gifts of the heart. Everyone has one of these, and they are different for every individual. Some people have the gift of spending quality time with others. Some have the gift of lending a listening ear to someone who needs advice. Some have the gift of healing with their words. Some have the gift of serving others. These types of giving, although we know that they are there, still seem to become more and more overlooked every year, even during this season of loving and giving.
I believe it's important to realize that these types of gifts benefit the recipients just as much, if not more, than material items do. Take a plate of cookies to your lonely neighbor and get to know her. Volunteer at a soup kitchen and interact with those who are going through a tough time. Spend the day with a friend who is fighting depression. Offer to clean the house or yard of an elderly person who can't do it themselves. Let someone cry on your shoulder. Invite someone who is new to town to Christmas dinner. These are the types of acts that the world so desperately needs.
I have a really amazing story to share with y'all next week. It is something that has completely opened my eyes, and I can't wait to tell you about it. Realizing the importance of gifts of the heart is easy, but when you actually begin to give them, the experience is life changing.
I hope you all have an amazing weekend! Stay warm, and be festive!