Stress. Angst. Dread.
What am I going to get them for Christmas this year?
They don’t really need anything.
Didn’t we get them a gift card last year?
Isn’t there something better we can give?
And finally it hit me. Something that can’t be wrapped. Something that everyone wants. Something we never seem to have enough of.
Instead of buying another toy for that niece or nephew, how about going out with them to pick out a toy or take them to one of their favorite places?
Instead of mindlessly purchasing another gift card for your loved one, why not take them out to lunch or dinner and spend time with them?
Instead of buying another coffee cup they don’t need, how about taking them out for coffee and just visiting with them. Listening to them.
This isn’t easy. It takes time. Time we could be doing other things. But if people truly matter to us and our relationships are important to us, then why not give them our time?
The toys and stuff we buy will at some point break, be outgrown or thrown away.
The gift cards will be spent all too soon.
But the memories created by investing time in others will last forever. Spending time with people is priceless.
Now this may be challenging for those with loved ones who live out of town and your time is limited. But I challenge you to at least start with the people you do have the opportunity to do this with.
Who can you give the gift of your time?
Merry Christmas dear friends! May the peace of Christ rule in your hearts and in your families.