We are surrounded by people who need things, gifts.
Not earrings or books or candles, but instead, gifts of us.
The person who sees their need and acts.
James 1:22 But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.
The elderly lady all dressed up, maneuvering her cart in the busiest hours of the grocery store, who perhaps waits all day hoping for some interaction with another human.
The friend who lost her husband, and is drowning in fear and the realities of life without him.
The small business owner, who is desperate to know he is not alone as his dreams slip through his fingers.
The mom who is at the end of her rope, and feels alone in her struggles.
The college kids who want to make right choices but don’t have a mentor to guide them.
The new people in the community, who keep trying to meet people, and find closed garage doors and empty streets in the neighborhood.
The intimidated person at church who smiles, and hopes someone established will smile back and say hello.
The man on the street who knows people judge him for his filth and lack.
Sam @ Heavenonearthblog.com inspires us to learn “how” to love our neighbors. Check it out here.
If not material gifts, then what?
Gifts offered to others, or ones received with deep appreciation and delight, they are a unique part of my love language.
Yet, there are offerings that are given to us with the intent that our hands hold loosely.Some presents we give away after we receive them, they are never meant to hold on to. Click To Tweet
Their value is premium, and best enjoyed passing on to another who needs it more than we do.
Nicole @Couragehopelove.com wrote a great piece called “How to really carry each other’s burdens“. It would be a postive start in helping us give our gifts away.
Change the world with 5 unique gifts (that happen to be free!)
Availability – Keeping our schedule full of us so that we have no time left for others
Love– Holding our feelings captive, afraid if we expose them we’ll be hurt
Compassion– Judgement…it is a poor substitute for kindness
Lessons– If we learn through an experience, often we can help someone else in a challenging season
Home- Closing our doors means closing ourselves off, building walls instead of bridges
How do we gift these gifts to people?
It is so simple really, we start with saying yes instead of filling our minds with reasons to say no.
Allowing margin in our schedules offers two distinct advantages. One, we find time to rest and restore. Two, out of that peace, we are able to be available for others. It can be a shallow life if we keep it so busy doing “stuff”, we miss being “life” for a hurting friend.
Choosing vulnerability can be scary, but it also holds amazing potential for impacting others.
When we love without predetermined safety nets, we might find that WE are the ones blessed in unpredictable ways!
There are people who take advantage of our gifts. But if we give them freely, we don’t need to worry about that. Because we are giving it away, they are responsible for what they do with it.Letting go means we have compassion and share our stories without needing to know their whole story. Click To Tweet
Opening out doors without worry of our house being just right (as if!) or our food decadent or our furnishings sufficient. People just want to be welcomed. Wanted.
Giving these gifts is possible for each of us. We are designed to be generous of spirit!
Be authentically YOU and know that every smile, every gesture given freely, makes an impact.
Your turn- What would you add to this list?
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