Thursday, January 7, 2010
My favorite gift this year wasn’t the most expensive gift under the Christmas tree. There was no glamor to this gift and for some, this gift might have been one that could be thrown away. Although this gift was a re-gift given to me it isn’t a gift that you or I would like to re-re-gift for someone else. If you haven’t guessed by now, my favorite gift this year was a ROCK. No ladies, I don’t mean a diamond.
It was a real rock that was given to me by my 8 year old nephew. This rock means a whole lot to him. His grandfather passed away during the holidays and before his grandfather passed away he wanted to give him some gifts for Christmas. He presented his grandfather with a cup of gifts, and in that cup was the same rock he re-wrapped after his grandfather passed away and then gave me for Christmas.
My nephew Tyler gave me a rock and he gave it with all of his heart. He didn’t have enough money to go to the store and get me something but he gave me something that came from his heart. Many times we get so caught up in the monetary value of a gift and we forget all God asks of us is to give from the heart.
God was more pleased with the little old lady who only gave two mites with all her heart than he was with the rich men who gave a lot more from their huge bank accounts. (Luke 21:1-4) I want to encourage you to give this year, but don’t give the usual gift. Give a gift that comes from your heart, and if all you have to give is love, then love. Tyler didn’t only give me a rock, he gave me a rock full of love. The same love rock he gave his grandfather before he went to see Jesus. I think we can all learn a thing or two from Tyler. Thanks Tyler, and thank you Jesus for teaching us how to love.