Most of us are giving thought to the gifts we want to give family and friends this season. You may have even taken action to give to those who have special financial needs this season by providing gifts or serving in some way. Christmas is a season when we naturally want to give.
Being a leader who gives requires ongoing focus and development. Giving requires us to think about others and their needs above our own. It requires us opening our eyes to those around us and really seeing people, taking steps to know them personally, and to take action to do something on their behalf.
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9 Gifts to Give This Christmas
Love is such a treasured gift to give others that will last long after you are gone. Love is a deep affection of the heart that causes you to put others before yourself. Love is a gift given not based on performance but just because someone is worthy of love. So many people are hungry and thirsty for love. Give the gift of love to others. It looks something like this:
When Jesus had washed their feet and put on His robe, He reclined again and said to them, “Do you know what I have done for you? You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am. So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. . . . I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another.” John 13:12-14; 34
The Christmas story found in scripture is full of joy. The joy of Jesus birth was expressed by Mary, Elizabeth, the angels, the shepherds, the wise men, and more. Christmas and joy go together. Joy causes us to rejoice. It shows up on our faces and in our lives. It is that deep well of settledness and well being. It is greater than the circumstances we find ourselves in. Give others the gift of joy this season and beyond. There is much to rejoice about because of Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16 says it best: “Rejoice always!”
People long for peace. There is so much in life that causes strife, conflict, and divides us. One of the titles for Jesus is “Prince of Peace!” Point people to Him. There is nothing better to give someone when the storms of life are raging than peace. That confident assurance that God is present and because of Him we can have peace and calm even in the storm.
Okay, I admit this is a hard one but what a powerful gift. Patience. Restraint. No complaining or loss of temper. Whether a stranger who cuts you off in traffic or a person on your team who wears you out, give patience. Your calm restraint will bless you too. Today, someone needs your patience.
Go out of your way to give the gift of kindness. That gentle touch of care, concern, and affection. Practice giving generously with kindness toward others and you will be amazed at both the opportunities and the response.
Goodness is kindness plus. When you care for someone, you will bless them with goodness. It will cause you to take action that is good for their benefit with no thought of anything in return. Maybe it means going out of your way to serve them in some way, to do something just for their good.
This is one of the most important gifts we give as leaders, our own faith and confidence in the future. Hebrew 11:1 says, “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” Hope. Give others hope for the future and a faith that they can follow with confidence.
The gift of a gentle tone is so needed in our culture today. It wraps kindness, goodness, and patience up together. Gentleness is personal and tender. It is a gentle word, a soft touch, a soft whisper in the storm. It requires focus and tenderness of heart. It can’t be rushed. Give someone the gift of your gentleness.
When you have the authority to address a wrong, you use self-control. When someone has frustrated you or made you angry, you choose self-control as your response. Be calm and constrained in situations that could easily move to an outburst of anger or total frustration. Give someone your self-control. Maybe it is one of your children, someone in your church, or someone on your team. Give them the gift of your constraint.
And three gifts to NOT give this Christmas:
- Conceit: Don’t be conceited and puffed up in your leadership but rather lead with humility.
- Provoking: Don’t stir up anger or strife among others but rather give the gift of peace and unity.
- Envy: Don’t envy others but celebrate the accomplishments of others.
From scripture, we know these good gifts come to us from God through the Holy Spirit. These gifts are the gift of His Spirit. For those of us who know Christ, we have already been given these. May the Christ in us be evident to all who cross our paths.
Which of these gifts is hardest for you to give and why?
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.” Galatians 5:22-26