In eight days on Christmas morning, children all over are anticipating ripping open packages to see what they 'got' this year for Christmas. Tangible gifts that costs us oodles of hard earned cash. What if they opened an empty box? A box full of an intangible item. What do you think their reaction would be? Well I think I know what my children might say. It wouldn't be a proud moment that is for sure. What if we packaged up a gift of love for someone who just needed to be loved. Maybe they're going through a tough time making bad choices and just need that someone to be by their side knowing that they are loved no. matter. what kind of choices they do make. Or how about a gift of forgiveness. You know that everyone needs forgiveness. Someone in your life will always need the gift of forgiveness for we all fall short don't we? We can't love perfectly. Isn't it in our shortcomings that we point to the one who loves perfectly? The one love that draws us to our knees? The Spirit of love, joy and peace that devours us when we decide that we believe.
There are so many ways to give for Christmas. Ponder each person that you usually buy a gift for and decided what kind of an intangible gift that you could also give them. As you're wrapping the actual gift, throw in something else that is unseen. Then act out your choice of intangible gift so they can feel the difference. Your new years resolution should then be to continue your intangible gifts through out the whole year. The Spirit of Christmas is a Season of Christmas. As a believer in Jesus, Christmas isn't just in December. Let the people that you surround yourself with know with your actions that you are truly a follower and not just a believer. For even the demons 'believe' (and shudder) James 2:19. You know the saying, 'actions speak louder than words'. Love purposefully and intentionally. Forgive freely and completely.