Daily Christmas gifts

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Think a minute…Imagine what it would be like if after Christmas we continued to give gifts every day of the year. 

I’m talking about gifts that mean much more than something we wrap and put under a tree. 

Gifts that make a real difference in the lives of our family, friends, even strangers. 

Here are a few suggestions of meaningful, even life-changing, gifts you can give this year.  

Make peace with someone you’ve quarreled with. Find a forgotten friend. Pay a long overdue debt. 

Be gentle and patient with an angry person. Let go of a grudge. 

Take time to listen and understand your child’s real feelings and interests. Keep your promises.  Forgive an enemy.  

Express thanks to your wife, husband, children, or parents for what they’ve done for you. 

Break a bad habit and build a good one in its place.

Reach out to a stranger. Lower your demands and expectations of others. Always be honest. 

Take your wife out on a date. Make or bake some delicious food for someone…anonymously.  Show true compassion by putting yourself in the other person’s place. Laugh and have fun with your family. 

Take the time to talk and listen to an older person. 

Offer to baby-sit for an overworked, tired single mother. 

Apologize if you’re wrong. Give your boss or teacher a break by doing your best. 

Give your employees or students a break by being fair and realistic in your requirements. 

Let’s make Christmas a year-round gift of ourselves to others. 

Oh yes, last and by far most importantly: Give your life to Jesus by loving Him wholeheartedly and living His way every day of the week. 

After all, He died to give you the greatest gift of all: His everlasting life. 

Just think a minute…

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