Many people (I’m talking millions!) buy gifts to show their love and appreciation for a sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. My husband, David, has always gone above and beyond to make me feel loved, but last year left me a wee bit perplexed. Trying to “think outside the box” and give me something unique, he gifted me with flavored coffee pods for the Keurig and a box of gourmet organic oatmeal packets. Nothing says love like food that keeps you regular! 🙂 We have had a good laugh about these gifts. (I think I’m getting Belgian chocolates this year!)
Fancy flavored oatmeal aside, gift-giving has always been a tangible way to express feelings of love and honor. But what about those “gifts” that you can’t put into a package or hold in your hand? I’m talking about the intangible gifts that we can give every day, not just on special occasions.
How about the gift of physical fitness? Taking care of yourself by eating foods that are good for you and exercising so that you can live as long as possible, as healthily as possible…
The gift of spiritual wellness – spending time with the Lord each day so that you are consistently taking on the likeness of Christ…
The gift of forgiveness – even when it is most difficult…
The gift of empathy – putting yourself in their shoes; keeping quiet and listening long enough so that you can recognize and appreciate where the other person is coming from and how they feel about it.
The gift of time – making the time to be together without the distractions of outside influences.
The gift of praying for one another every day…
I could go on and on, but I think you get my drift. Some gifts you just cannot put a price tag on – and those gifts are always the best!
“Thanks be to God for His indescribable Gift!” – 2 Corinthians 9:15
Love, joy and peace,