The Best Gift You Can Give

With Christmas just around the corner. it is easy to get so busy with the cooking, decorating and shopping that we forget why we’re doing all this in the first place. Sometimes, the very people we love get lost in the hustle and bustle of packed schedules, holiday parties, and Christmas musicals. This Christmas, let’s keep our focus on Jesus and celebrate the reason He came.

Today, I want to share a poem that I wrote a few years ago that helps me keep a proper perspective.

1 Corinthians 13 Christmas Style

©By Sharon Jaynes

If I decorate my house perfectly with lovely plaid bows, strands of twinkling lights, and shiny glass balls, but do not show love to my family – I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, preparing gourmet meals, and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, but do not show love to my family – I’m just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, carol in the nursing home, and give all that I have to charity, but do not show love to my family – It profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, attend a myriad of holiday parties, and sing in the choir’s cantata but do not focus on Christ, I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the husband.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn’t envy another home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn’t yell at the kids to get out of your way.

Love doesn’t give only to those who are able to give in return, but rejoices in giving to those who can’t.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things.

Love never fails. Video games will break; pearl necklaces will be lost; golf clubs will rust. But giving the gift of love will endure.

Dear Heavenly Father: Thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, that starry night in Bethlehem. Like the Shepherds, I am still amazed at Your great love. May I not lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas, but celebrate Jesus’ birthday with joy!
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen

5 Responses to The Best Gift You Can Give

  1. Mary Jane Moder December 15, 2016 at 1:55 pm #

    Is there a way to share this on Facebook?

  2. Mary Jane Moder December 15, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

    Thank you

  3. Darlene December 16, 2016 at 8:18 am #

    Thanks Sharon!!!! I really needed to hear this!!! So true!!! Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  4. Tammy Dyer December 16, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    Sharon…. I absolutely adore your poem! It’s perfect. I struggle to explain how my decor, baking, etc applies to Christmas to friends who are still searching… After reading this I can answer….. It’s because I love like Jesus loves me and wish to show that love by creating a home that makes others feel at home and the love that resides there! Through the years I have learned that it’s not how perfect the preparations are…it’s that you took the time to show your love through the things you do! Blessings to you and yours Sharon and to all The GIG friends reading this! ❤

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