What Size Gift?

WHAT SIZE GIFT?

Last week, the pastor where I go to church said something that really hit home.  His name is Kevin Myers and he does this often.

He asked,

“What size gift does it take for you to feel joy?”

WOW!

Many of us will base this Christmas on how much “stuff” (or lack of “stuff”) we get.  There will be many who have a bad Christmas because they didn’t get “that” gift–the one they had to have.  It will ruin the season for them. 

Don’t get me wrong.  It’s nice to get nice, new, shiny things.  And it’s a great way to show love and appreciation to those around you.

But it’s not about the stuff!

Kevin said that maybe we should make another kind of Christmas list.  Instead of coming up with a list of things that you want, why not come up with a list of things that you have, that you’re thankful for.  (WOW #2!!!)

Then concentrate on that.

Recently I read this in the book, “Start Something That Matters:”

“If you have a roof over your head, indoor plumbing, as much water as you need, and enough food to eat every single day, then you are living in the top 5% of the world’s population, economically speaking.  Just think about that for a minute and let it sink in.”

Even in the tough economy we are experiencing today, I believe you’d agree that the vast majority of people in this great country qualify as being in this top 5%.

And yet for some reason we think we need more . . .

In reality, THE BEST GIFT that you ever received was very small.  It weighed less than 10 pounds when it was born in a manger about 2011 years ago.  You may agree with me on this or not.  It doesn’t matter.

He was—and still is, the best gift ever.  Period!

I’m proud to say that He’s at the top of my “thankful” list.

So I want to wish you a Very Merry Christmas!!!  I hope it’s one of the best you’ve ever experienced.  Concentrate on your blessings.

Thank you for reading my blog and sharing life with me.

May God shine upon you,

Robert

12-23-11

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