Recently, I have been giving serious thought to everything I’ve ever believed in. Not to go into much detail, I’m one that has grown to believe in a lot of things. Some realistic, some larger than life, some a little…
Hey fam! As we all know, Christmas is the season of giving. It’s a season of sending gifts and gift cards to friends and loved ones. Above all, it’s a season of appreciation and celebration of God’s greatest gift to man – Jesus. It sure is a fun season!!
However, today, I want to urge you to do more than just give wrapped gifts. I want to encourage you to give the people around you the gift of a smile…You don’t have to have an incredible sense of humor to do that. You don’t even need a sense of humor at all!
“Love is more than a noun – it is a verb. It is more than a feeling. It is caring, sharing, helping, sacrificing.” – William Arthur Ward
When was the last time you did something sacrificial for someone else? When was the last time you reached beyond the limits of your convenience to be there for someone who you claim you love? There hardly is anything else that exhibits how much we love more than how much we are willing to sacrifice.
Lately, I’ve been faced with a lot situations that require some sort of sacrifice. And each time, even though I had the window of opportunity to flash the words, “Nah I don’t think I can, I’ve got stuff going on,” I let myself commit to helping out. Whenever I’m faced with a request by someone else that demands some form of sacrifice from my part, I always ask myself (just before yielding to that thought to just say, “No”), “What I’m the one in their shoes?” I think in my head, “Do I love them enough to this?” And each time, of course, the answers always been a “Yes!” And I can’t describe the feeling of gratification I get whenever I go out of my way to do something sacrificial for the ones I love.
In our quest for success, significance and greatness, let’s not forget the things that matter the most. As we invest in our future, let’s not forget to invest in the one thing we need the most in life (the sine qua non of true success): Love. Countless times, I’ve read or heard about the death bed regret of so many successful people: “I wish I had loved more.” Loved God more, loved my family more, spent more time with my very close friends…It really never comes out to be: “I wished I had worked longer,” or, “I wish I had achieved more.”
Don’t blow it off until you can’t ever get it back. Love now. Appreciate the people around you now. Don’t get so consumed in your busy schedule that you don’t map out a little time for your loved ones. In this new month, let’s all work on this together. Let’s not say, we’ll “show love when…..” No! Let’s do it now!
“Always give without remembering. Always receive without forgetting.” – William Barclay
I have found that most times, we give expecting to receive something back. We give to God expecting that He’ll bless us in return. We give of our time or resources with a mindset of, “Ok now you owe me one… You may not realize it yet, but you owe me one.” Hence, it is so easy for us to call on those we’ve helped in the past, because we unconsciously believe they owe us something. Everyone of us is guilty of this.
Luke 6:38 says, “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it’ll be measured to you.” You see? It’s even in the bible! Most of us read this and then run off to give because we want to receive. Unconscious though it might be, but it’s the fact. We all do it. What a pathetic reason to give!