The Season of Giving

The season of giving has embarked upon us. Many people are crowding the shopping malls and retail stores to buy loads of wish-list items and other pricey gadgets. This is one of the times during the year when people do not mind spending their treasured savings and making credit purchases that will haunt them for the next year to come. I should know because I used to be counted among that crowd of people. However, bought sense has taught me to steer away from doing so.

During this holiday season, I believe that we should find a reason to give to others. I don’t mean going to the shopping malls and buying insignificant gifts that may never be appreciated. Giving should be done from the heart. It should include gifts that are tangible and intangible. In fact, giving should include acts that create true joy.

A great way to display the season of giving is to remember those who are less fortunate. There are widows and orphans who would love to receive gifts during the holiday season. Reaching out to them would help erase the feeling of loneliness. Also, there are many women and men in nursing homes who would appreciate a visit or a gift during this time of the year. There are homeless people who would love any small act of kindness. I believe these are the gifts that would show the true season of giving.

Lately, I prefer sending greeting cards as a way of gift giving. If possible, I like to put a monetary token inside of the card. I love to surprise people this way. In the past, I would purchase as many gifts as possible for family and friends. However, that can be costly when you have other daily responsibilities. My best thing is to be compassionate by sending cards or making calls to let a person know that I am concerned. On occasion, I will buy a gift for a close friend or relative.

The ultimate gift of the season is from God, our Heavenly Father. He sent His son, Jesus, to redeem mankind from a life of despair.  If we would focus upon receiving His love as a gift, our lives would become better. While everything may not be perfect, being better would be a great start. And when we receive His love as a gift, we should give that gift to others, too.

When you build upon a life of giving, you will free yourself of unnecessary baggage. You will see that it is all right to have stuff, but not for stuff to have you.  Now, that would not be good. Try to develop a spirit of giving to others. Even if you start with a smile or a kind word. Remember, gifts do not have to be tangible. If you focus upon recognizing the season of giving during the holiday time, you will follow the right pathway of generosity. Then you will be an active participant of the season of giving.

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