Gifts are tricky business.
You can overthink them. I was Christmas shopping last weekend, and I snatched up a DVD I was sure a friend of mine would like. But then I started thinking … what if she didn’t? What if she already had it? It’s pretty presumptuous to choose entertainment for someone else … We’ve never really discussed what movies we like. Sigh … I put it back.
You can underthink them. My kindergarten-ish nephew once explained to his aunt that her present was, “Some old stuff we found on the floor that we wrapped up and gave to you.”
You can be completely obnoxious about them. I saw a photo of a card with this note written inside. “Dear [daughter’s name], You are beautiful now. We are sure you will be a beautiful bride. To help insure our wedding dress investment, please buy some scales of your choosing with this money and weigh yourself once a week. We love you and want you to enjoy your wedding day. This present might help with some of the stress. Love, Mom and Dad.” Wow…
Giving great gifts – not necessarily expensive ones – requires at least two things.
- Love for the person receiving the gift.
- Knowing that person well.
Of course, the best gift giver is God.
He loves us. The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. (Jeremiah 31:3) From “Jesus Loves Me” to John 3:16 we are told and retold that God loves us. But He didn’t just tell us, He proved it. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
He knows us intimately. O Lord, You have searched me and known me. (Psalm 139:1) He understands the deep longings of our heart, the need for love, for acceptance, for purpose, for fellowship and so many others.
Plus, He has infinite resources available to Him. Ephesians 2:7 mentions the “exceeding riches of His grace,” which allow Him to give lavish good gifts on us.
All we have to do is receive them.
As Christmas approaches take some time to receive the gifts God offers. Receive them freely, without guilt, with simple joy and delight in His love for you.
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15