When you think of Christmas, you think of gifts right?
You make a list of people you have to buy for – not necessarily because you feel obligated, but because you want to express your love for them this time of year.
You make a mental list of all the things you want – just so you’re prepared when someone asks.
You may be more apt to give a donation – to the lady ringing a bell for the Salvation Army or to a child in need across the world.
At Christmas, we give and we receive.
And while your shopping list may stress you out, as you do your best to find a thoughtful gift you know your person will love, giving gifts brings joy.
And while we’d like to think we’re all unmaterialistic and we’re above the excitement of getting a gift, receiving gifts brings joy too.
There are so many wonderful gifts out there and there are some silly and stupid ones too. But, as cliche as it sounds, the greatest gift of all isn’t wrapped under the tree this year.
It won’t be handed to you at a party, or make its way into your bank account with your last paycheck of the year. It won’t allow you to go on a date to your favourite restaurant, or make you look cute and cozy all at once.
It won’t provide you with hours of entertainment, and it won’t expire. It isn’t battery operated and there’s no assembly required.
It will leave you breathless in awe and wonder.
You’ll want to tell everyone about it.
When you open it, you will definitely need to read the manual to fully understand it and to learn how to use it in your everyday life.
And you will use everyday, if you choose to.
It won’t lose its shine and it will never die.
It will challenge you.
It doesn’t promise perfection.
It will bring you more joy than you ever thought possible.
It will fill you with a peace that you can’t fully comprehend.
It will change the way you think. It will change the way you act.
It will change your life. Forever.
And if you want to know more about this gift before receiving it yourself, the manual is even on the Internet now! I recommend starting here.
If you’ve already received this gift, keep receiving it. It keeps on giving. There’s more for you to learn. There’s more for you to love.
Merry Christmas to all, my friends!