During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we can reflect on precious gifts that we can give ourselves and others are cost nothing but are priceless. Often, the best things in life are free. Although these presents aren't tied with ribbons or bows, they are more valuable that silver or gold.
• Spending quality time with a child
• Listening to an elderly person
• Visiting a lonely neighbor or someone you know who is ill or sad
• Forgiving an enemy
• Serving your spouse, roommate, or family member
• Sharing a talent
• Showing gratitude to others
• Demonstrating kindness to a stranger
• Offering encouragement to another
• Writing a cheerful note to someone you know
• Making a call to friends or relatives to see how they are doing
• Smiling to those you meet
• Turning away from sin and turning toward God’s perfect love
• Reflecting on God’s infinite love for each of his children, including yourself
As we celebrate Christmas this year, we may also consider what gifts we can give to the Savior, who gave us the greatest gift of all--His life. I love the words of Christina Rossetti:
What can I give Him,
Poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd
I would bring a lamb,
If I were a wise man
I would do my part,
Yet what I can I give Him,
Give my heart.
May your heart be filled with peace, gratitude and love during this season in which we remember the One who gives us everything that is good.
© Carol Brown