1/2/16: Gift Giving Guide

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The gifts we cherish the most are not necessarily those that cost the a lot of money, but are those that have cost the giver some thought. The best gift is not just something that the giver wants to give, but it is something that the giver knows we like, want, and may even need. For whatever reasons, we may have dismissed the idea of securing the item or having the experience for ourselves, but the gift-giver has listened, perhaps for a long time, and has searched for the perfect way to fulfill the desire for us.

We all love to receive that well-thought-out gift, but do we know how to be the gift-giver? Do our loved ones mean enough to us that we will go out of our way to make them happy with what they want? And do we know how to give to God what He really wants? As we start a new year, and with birthdays, holidays, and various and sundry celebrations to come, we can be great gift-givers by following these guidelines:

  1. Listen to the heart of God and our loved ones. What is of value to them? What are their heart’s true desires?
  2. If we are unsure of what they want, ask. God has written an entire book detailing His desires. Read it. And our loved ones would readily list out what they’d like if they were asked.
  3. Make others’ desires our own. We will be excited about serving God and blessing others when their desires become our personal goals. Look forward to giving the gift. The mere anticipation of giving the gift should make us smile within ourselves.
  4. Plan ahead and give the very best we are able to give.

 

God has some words for us about how we ought to give. Malachi 1:14 says, “‘But cursed be the deceiver who has in his flock a male, and takes a vow, but sacrifices to the Lord what is blemished—For I am a great King,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘and My name is to be feared among the nations’” (NKJ). We say we love God, but we prove ourselves to be deceivers (liars) when we have the ability to give Him our best, but we give Him only our leftovers. We’re treating our loved ones wrong by doing that to them as well. King David had the right attitude when he refused to “offer burnt offerings to the Lord [his] God with that which costs [him] nothing” Second Samuel 24:24 (NKJ).

Yes, it will cost us something to be great gift-givers, but it’s worth it for the honor it brings God, and the satisfaction it brings to our loved ones. Let’s give God our best and do nothing less for those God has graced us to journey with through this life.

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~ by sanewriter on January 2, 2016.

One Response to “1/2/16: Gift Giving Guide”

  1. It is better to give, than to receive.

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